Read Psalm 56-57
A woman in New Hampshire, along with her dog, got stuck in a sewer system when they fell into a manhole. The woman found a pipe in the system and screamed at the top of her lungs until finally a couple people heard her and came to the rescue. When the news station came to the scene they interviewed the rescuers. One of them told the reporters, "We could hear her, but she couldn't hear us." Imagine being that trapped woman. You're screaming for help but you have no idea if anyone heard it and if anyone was coming to the rescue.
Let's be honest, it's easy to feel that way sometimes in life. We pray and we pray and we don't like to admit it, but we wonder if God really hears us. If He's going to come to the rescue. That must have been how David felt. In Psalm 56, David writes how he had cried out to God when the Philistines seized him in Gath. And then he wrote in Psalm 57 when hiding from King Saul in a cave. Though he was told he would be king by the prophet Samuel, nothing in his life in those moments would have indicated that the prophet's words would come true.
In these psalms we see David be honest about his fears. But he also shows us what we are to do with our fears when it's hard to trust. We keep crying out, believing by faith, that He hears us and will respond to our cries for help. Psalm 56:3-4 says: "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?"
Is there an area of life you are struggling to trust God with? Take some time now and pray by faith that He hears and that He cares.
When was a time God responded to your prayers and came to the rescue? Take some time and give Him thanks and praise for it.
Prayer for the day: "My Father, my Rescuer, whom shall I fear for you are my God? Help me trust today. Remind me that you hear me even when I struggle to hear from you. Thank you for being my deliverer. Amen."