Monday, June 13, 2011
Daily Devotion, June 13, 2011 - Better Than a Hallelujah
I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
Are there any atheists in foxholes? When people face times of tribulation and turmoil, even those who never darken the doors of a church or utter prayers during the good times, often find themselves crying out to God for help, praying for Him to hear them. Some find Him in their desperation and their lives are transformed forever; others, when the storms have passed, pick up exactly where they left off and go along their merry, though mistaken, way until the next crisis hits.
Does God hear the cries of the righteous and unrighteous alike? Of course, but He won't compel anyone to listen to His answers of comfort and consolation. He gave us free will so that we can choose to love Him, to worship Him. He never forces our hand; He loves us too much for that.
When you are grieved, distressed, or hurting, do you cry out to God, knowing He will hear you or do you keep it all inside, alone in your suffering? Cry out to Him when you hurt. Expect that He will hear you. Listen for His healing response. In the words of Amy Grant: "We pour out our miseries; God just hears a melody." They're "better than an hallelujah sometimes"!
Psalms 80 or 77(79)
1 Samuel 1:1-20