“I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
Therefore I will call on him as long as I live”. (Psalm 116: 1-2)
“I often wonder what I’d do if I could never pray,
If I could not depend on God to guide me every day,
And oh how dark the night would be if His light did not shine,
I could not sleep because such fear would fill this heart of mine,
My heart would never sing a song I’d feel so all alone,
If I could never talk to God and claim him for my own.
But all these things I need not fear, my burdens He doth share,
I only have to whisper low, he heareth every prayer.
Thus He always walks beside me and He never lets me fall,
He gently takes me by the hand, my love the God of all.
And though the night around be dark, His light will ever shine;
I sleep in peace and need not fear since I know that He is mine.
This poem was written by an unknown precious saint that no doubt knew the Lord and the power of prayer. It has been in my possession for many years, decades in fact. The paper on which it is written is yellow, worn, and stiff from tears. It is purposefully not framed; nor is it written on fancy paper or print. It humbly sits between a set of glass bookends so I can readily hold it at any given moment. I have prayed over this poem many times because it reminds me of an anchored truth and a glimmer of hope, in the promise of “all good things” in God’s word.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose”. (Romans 8:28)
For so many years I referred to myself as a “Crisis Christian”. For truthfully that was the one consistency in my prayer life ~ a crisis. I was a Christian that knew how to pray in times of trouble, and trouble there was. As I grow in faith I have discovered another description of my prayer life. It is that of a grateful daughter, and it is that prayer of praise that I cherish the most.
(Oh beloved, in the discovery of this truth your flesh will delight as it comes in union with your soul. God is so good. Amen~)
As a grateful daughter, my deepest desire is to know my father with all my heart, with all my mind, with all soul, and with all my strength.(Deuteronomy 6:5) He gives us all “these things” you know, and as a grateful daughter I just want to pour myself out to Him in worship in prayer that is full in praise. I know he hears my petitions ~ I know he hears my praise.
Do you happen to know when man first called on the name of the Lord? It wasn’t in the Garden. No it wasn’t in the Garden at the time of deception, at the time of merciful expulsion, at the time of grace in the covering. It wasn’t in the Garden. Does that surprise you? It did me. I fully expected Adam and Eve to call out in the crisis – in the realization of their sin. But you know, both Adam and Eve proclaimed themselves blameless in their disobedience and the serpent; well the serpent just remained silent. Even though they were afraid they did not call out to God. It was God who came down to them in His search for Adam. In His mercy and in His grace, God came down. (Genesis 3)
I know that happens to us too. We either proclaim ourselves blameless as we remain silent in our disobedience. Or we may not even recognize what it is that we have done. We only know that we are afraid, so we may hide – just like Adam, just like Eve – we may simply hide in our fear.As we journey in Genesis scripture tells us that men began to call upon the name of the Lord. (Genesis 4:26). We are not told what prompted their call. Only that they did. And it was not an individual call. It was a collective call of the people – in worship.
I know throughout my life there may well be crisis and I know that I will cry out to the Lord in that crisis. But as a grateful daughter I am so thankful in deep gratitude for many things. First and foremost that He came down to me in the midst of my crisis. He came down to me in spite of my disobedience. He came down to me in my silent fear. And He comes down to me in my joy, as my joy. Oh beloved, did you hear that. He is your joy. A most amazing characteristic about our Lord is that He comes down and is the source of our joy, and amazingly the source of our gratitude.
Breathe in the Oxygen of Prayer ~
It is my prayer to know and always remember there is no greater joy than the collective call of people in worship.
It is my prayer to always recognize the glimmer of hope and comfort in God’s Word, in a poem, and experience with deep felt gratitude a truth revealed in His Word of all “good things”. (Romans 8:28).
It is in praise, to always desire to remain a grateful daughter knowing that my Father will always hear and answer my prayers, your prayers . ~ Amen :Y
God listens, He is attentive to our prayers Psalm 66:19
God listens to those who fear Psalm 145:19
God listens to the righteous Proverbs 10:24
God hears those who ask Mathew 7:7
God Listens Psalm 66:19
In Mercy Psalm 6:9
In Distress Psalm 18:6
In Alarm Psalm 31:22
When Distraught Psalm 55:2
In Trouble Psalm 120:1
When Hard Pressed Psalm 118:5
In Praise Hebrews 13:15
For His Glory John 14:13
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (John 5:14-15)