There are times when we as believers have no other place to go, but to God Himself. The feelings we have, the situations we are experiencing, the struggles we are facing cry out for the attention, help and understanding of our Savior. It’s not that our family and our friends do not care. They absolutely do. It’s just that in some situations, our family and friends don’t have the understanding or the answers for what we most need; only God does.
There comes a time in our lives, perhaps many times in fact, when we need the compassion and the supernatural help from God alone. We need His intimate, caring and knowing touch.
We need God to bend down to us.
We need God to come to where we are.
We need God to listen and act because it’s a God-sized problem that can only be dealt with a God-ordained kind of way.
There are just times when we need God to be our Physician and minister to the tenderest areas of our heart and soul.
There are just times when we need God to be our Life Preserver and guard our hearts, minds and souls from the oppression of a dark, discouraging and dangerous world.
Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.
You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. Psalm 86:1-4 NIV
This psalm comes from a singular source.
This psalmist sends out a singular prayer.
This psalmist seeks a singular reply.
It’s a one-to-one, intimate exchange between a poor and needy soul and his great, merciful and loving God and Heavenly Father.
To be poor and needy, using the Hebrew transliterated word, ebyown, means that one is in desperate trouble and needs the protection, help and salvation from God alone. David needed help; critical, life-saving aid.
Yet, as David continued to pray from his position of need, he also proclaimed his devotion, his trust, his obedience, and love of his Lord. He turned to his ultimate source of hope and strength. And David was bold and needy enough to ask that the source of his hope and strength to turn His attention to him and descend to him.
Sometimes we need that.
Sometimes we need our God to stoop down low and listen.
And when He bows, He lifts. Our God lifts our heads and our hearts to see that His goodness, His guidance and His love are there; for us.
The eternal God is our refuge,
and underneath are His everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27 NIV
Our God, our Heavenly Father and Precious Lord stoops down, comes under, and lifts us up out of our need, our despair, our hurt, and our pain. He responds to us when we need Him most.
If you needed to read this today, may our precious Lord and gracious Father bow down to you now and lift your spirits in His most intimate and most purposeful way.
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