No matter what you are going through, God cares, and He hears your voice.
When I was a young lad, there was a song I heard regularly in church. I remember it well and still enjoy singing it today. The lyrics are true in every situation, and they continue to minister to me as they do to many who know the Lord and the song. The lyrics are, “I love the Lord, He heard my cry and pitied every groan. Long as I live and troubles rise, I will hasten to His throne.”
King David had these words as his personal testimony. He understood that God was the first person to be acknowledged in every situation. Too often, many of us feel that to approach God, one must come with eloquent speech or special formulas or formality. This is not at all what God is looking for. He looks much deeper within our hearts, being concerned with it rather than merely our outward actions. He knows our thoughts from afar and what we need before we ask. David said, in his distress, he cried unto the Lord, and the Lord heard him out of His holy hill. This was also his plea to the Lord, “Many are they who say of me, ‘There is no help for him in God.’ But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around […] For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly […] Your blessing is upon Your people” (Psalm 3:2–8). David gave a sincere cry to God! He made a loud cry that came from a heart that was without deceit, pretense, or hypocrisy. The biblical term that describes David’s heart condition is righteousness.In Psalm 34:17, the Psalmist says,“The righteous cry and the Lord hears them and delivers them out of all their troubles.” This scripture does not say that the Lord delivers them out of some or even most of their troubles, but He delivers them out of all their troubles! The Lord’s promise is that He will hear the voice of the righteous. It is so simple. Faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, makes us righteous. Therefore, God hears the cry, the voice of His children. All the great men of the Bible understood that God was their helper in times of trouble. It was clear to them that crying out to God brought results. Let us learn from their example!
With everything around us crumbling, the Lord alone is our refuge and place of safety. Never forget these sweet words of the Psalmist which bring much comfort in the midst of uncertain times, “I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live” (Psalm 116:1–2). For His promise is certain, “The righteous cry and the Lord hears them and delivers them out of all their troubles.”