Jun 20, 2012
I love Psa 50:15 — “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
Twice last week I faced trouble.
But God gave me grace to call upon Him. And then He powerfully delivered me.
Here’s what happened —
Last Thursday I prayed about what to write for the next day’s post.
God stirred my heart about “putting on humility” from Col 3:12.
So I sat down — started writing — and finished a rough draft.
At that point I needed to do some other things. So I put it aside — thinking I’d work on it later.
But later when I looked at it — I didn’t like it.
I tried tweaking it this way — tweaking it that way — but nothing helped.
And I realized —
I was in trouble
But here’s the good news. Whenever we face trouble — God wants us to call on Him (Psa 50:15).
So I closed my laptop — and prayed.
I laid this blog post at His feet — surrendering it to Him.
I thanked Him for all the times He’d helped me, guided me, directed me with this blog.
I told Him that all I wanted was to be in His will — and that if he didn’t want a post published on Friday — that was OK with me.
I quoted a personalized version of Psa 127:1 — “Unless the Lord builds the blog, they labor in vain who build it.”
And I asked Him for help — for wisdom — for guidance.
And then — a brand new thought popped into my mind — a different way to approach the topic.
That thought led to another. And then another. Wow.
A much better way to put this together.
I opened my laptop, and started writing.
It flowed. It felt right. I was pumped.
And I knew — God had delivered me.
Then on Friday …
Thursday night we were up late with some good friends — and early Friday I had a discipleship group.
So as I sat down to work on the Sunday sermon I was tired.
But I prayed — started writing — and the Father helped me.
I was about half-way through when it was time for lunch.
But after lunch — and even after a power-nap — I felt even more tired.
Not only tired — but distracted — bored with my topic — unmotivated.
I wanted to do anything except work on the sermon.
A day of trouble
But I remembered what happened Thursday, so I decided to call upon God.
I got up from my desk and walked around our house praying out loud.
I turned to God the Father — told him I was tired — distracted — bored — and unmotivated.
I asked Him to strengthen me — help me — focus me — energize me.
I asked Him to capture my heart with the passage and the topic.
I didn’t feel any different — but I went back to my desk and started writing.
Thirty minutes later it dawned on me — I’m energized — I’m motivated — this is coming together.
And an hour later — I was finished.
God had delivered me.
One lesson I’ve learned through this blog is to call upon God with every need and problem — and He will deliver me.
That’s the point of Psa 50:15 — “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
Still — there’s too many times when I don’t.
There’s too many times when I try to gut-through my troubles with my own will-power.
But those times are getting fewer.
More and more I’m calling upon God — and seeing Him deliver me.
How about you?
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