“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. 19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.” Psalm 145.18-19
“Where is God when I need Him most?” is the question of many. And this Psalm gives us a great answer. The author, David, had many occasions to call on God because of the circumstances in his life. So what is he teaching us here?
“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him … ” This is the answer to our oft-spoken prayer. God is near ALL them that call upon Him. If we call on God and He seems to not be near, who do you think has moved? Isaiah has some powerful words in Isaiah 59.1-2: “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” I’m not sure we recognize the consequences of unconfessed sin in the life of a Christian.
The second truth that David shares is this: “ … to all that call upon him in truth … ” Is there something significant here or is this just a “catchy phrase” that means nothing? I can assure you it is NOT a “catchy phrase.” When we come to God in prayer and think we can say some untruth and think that God doesn’t know we are lying, we minimize the Omniscience of God.
“He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him … ” God longs to fulfill our prayers when we recognize Him for Who He is. He is the Creator of Heaven and Earth and all that it contains. To see Him in any less capacity than that is to minimize His Omnipotence.
“ … he also will hear their cry, and will save them.” God’s greatest desire is to do for His children what we cannot do for ourselves. With sin confessed and a proper view of God, we can rest assured that “he also will hear (our) cry, and will save (us).” What more can we ask of Him? Just my thoughts …