2Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
3For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.
(Psalm 54:1-3, King James Version)
Name of God
Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.David, the king, needed help! When you were the king, where did you go for help? David recognized that help in the name of God, the God of strength, was the only true help he needed.
When we are in dire straits, where do we go for help? The help we do or do not receive is directly related to the source of our help. We must consider both that person's ability and willingness to help. Was God's arm too short for David; in other words, was David accustomed to having his prayers answered by God?
Yes! Throughout his entire life, David had been calling upon the name of God. At times that answer seemed long in coming, but in the end, God never failed him through all the days of his life. That did not mean that David did not have times of great difficulty. The help he received from God did not necessarily deliver him from the evil, but, instead, sustained him as he went through the difficult times.
As Christians today, do we expect anything different? Can we pray and equally expect God to answer those prayers? Yes! Like David, those answered prayers do not always come in the manner we would choose, but God never forsakes his people. Also, like David, we may be required to go through times of great difficulty. In answer to our prayers, God may not remove our troubles from us, but He will always walk with us each step of the way.
David acknowledged that strangers, who had not set God before them, sought after his very soul. Do the enemies of God seek after the souls of Christians in our day? Oh, yes, they do! But, just as in the time of David, the enemies of God may do much to persecute us, but they cannot touch our souls. Our souls rest permanently in the hands of God!
As we go through the duties of this day, let us remember to keep up a steady conversation with God. Pray for strength and wisdom to live this day in a manner that is pleasing to Him.
Go in the name of God and the strength of God, and be assured that your prayers will be answered!
God Bless You,