Cry For Help

Beauty girl cryI have learned that I have a lot of limitations and I need help quite often. I know a lot about what I don’t know. I know when to ask for help. When it comes to asking for help from God, it’s very often. I ask for His help about things that I think I know about. I’m learning that He’s ALWAYS there and never too busy for me.  I was reminded today about how He hears my cry and He rescues me. Check this out…

Save us and help us with your right hand,
    that those you love may be delivered.

11 Give us aid against the enemy,
    for human help is worthless.
12 With God we will gain the victory,
    and he will trample down our enemies. (Psalm 60:5,11-12 NIV)

I have let the Lord down plenty of times. He is always there for me. I deserve punishment, but I receive grace. I deserve defeat, but instead He gives me victory. I go to Him first now for everything I need. He will give me wisdom to navigate the hardest issues. He will give me a gentle spirt when I’m under attack. He is my Rock, my Fortress, the Director of my life.

I heard a song on the radio last evening and it’s running through my mind first thing this morning. I think it fits well here. It’s a song by Big Daddy Weave and written by Leeland Mooring, Brenton Brown & Brian Johnson. Check this out…

He’s coming on the clouds
Kings and kingdoms will bow down
Every chain will break
As broken hearts declare His praise
For who can stop the Lord Almighty

Our God is a lion
The Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power
And fighting our battles
Every knee will bow before Him
Our God is a lamb
The lamb that was slain
For the sins of the world
His blood breaks the chains
Every knee will bow before the lion and the lamb
Every knee will bow before him

Open up the gates
Make way before the King of Kings
The God who comes to save
Is here to set the captives free
For who can stop the Lord Almighty

For who can stop the Lord Almighty

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Pressing On!

Dwayne

Hear

Young woman with big funny earsThe older I get the more my hearing has “fallen off”. I must confess that I’ve listened to a lot of loud music over the years. I feel like I can hear more details of the song if the volume is cranked up! I remember my Dad warning me to be careful with my hearing. His hearing was damaged when he was a young man.

I’m thankful that God’s hearing never “falls off”. He hears me EVERY TIME I call to Him. He doesn’t get tired of me “bugging Him” or crying out to Him too much. He wants a close relationship with me. He wants to know my heart as I get to know His heart. Check this out…

2 Hear my cry for mercy

    as I call to you for help,

as I lift up my hands

    towards your Most Holy Place.

6 Praise be to the Lord,

    for he has heard my cry for mercy.

7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;

    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.

My heart leaps for joy,

    and with my song I praise him.

8 The Lord is the strength of his people,

    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

9 Save your people and bless your inheritance;

    be their shepherd and carry them forever. (Psalm 28:2, 6-9 NIV)

As I walk through His Word this morning – I can clearly hear Him even though He’s speaking through His Word. Hearing is not only what comes to my heart through my ears. My eyes are listening devices as well.

When I cry out to God He hears me.

When I cry out to God He listens to me.

When I cry out to God He acts on my behalf.

When I cry out to God I’m clearly recognizing my need for Him.

I can’t imagine a world where God doesn’t hear me or where I don’t hear from Him.

I’m so thankful for His hearing and His Presence in me.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

No Need

Sunset worshipIt’s really hard to buy a gift for the person who has everything. I mean what do you buy someone gets what they need when they need it? When I’m faced with this challenge, sometimes the best gifts are ones that I’ve made with my own hands using my creativity. A gift that is hand-made is often more meaningful than one purchased at a store ready-made.

The Lord loves it when I give gifts to Him, but He really doesn’t need anything. He doesn’t need my money. He doesn’t need my time. He doesn’t “need” anything from me. He wants my heart to be devoted to Him. He wants me to love Him and honor Him. He loves me deeply and wants what is best for me. I do need what He has. Ashaph, one of the Psalmists says it well. Check this out….

23 Anyone who sacrifices thank offerings to me honors me.

    He makes it possible for me to show him

    that I am the God who saves.” (Psalm 50:23 NIV)

 

I “need” to trust the Lord.

I “need” to honor the Lord with my words.

I “need” to talk with Him.

I “need” to hear from Him.

I “need” to surrender my heart to Him.

He doesn’t “need” me, but I sure do NEED Him! I know that the Lord created me especially for fellowship with Him. I need Him today and everyday!

Pressing On!
Dwayne