Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy. Psalm 61:1-3
The life my wife and I have shared together has not been all roses and sunshine. There was the day her father had a heart attack while we were in college and the many days of nervous recovery that followed. There were the days our grandparents passed away – one by one. Then there were the days we faced our own, personal tragedies.
But starting even before we met we had learned to turn to the Lord in time of trouble. At first it was just out of desperation. There was, after all, no one else to turn to. The Lord’s promises were all that provided us with any hope or comfort.
Then, slowly, we began to see some of those tragedies come to resolution. We came to appreciate all that crying out to God had not been in vain. The troubles had come but He had come with them. His plans for us accommodated them. He delivered us, healed us, and led us through our adversities and tragedies.
Then something important happened. The day came when tragedy showed up at the door and we knew God would be arriving on cue. We didn’t just ask Him to help. We didn’t just want Him to help. We knew He would help because that was the way He had consistently dealt with us our entire lives.
Note in our text for today that the Psalmist tells us WHY he is calling on the Lord. He is crying out to God “for [because] you have been my refuge”. The Lord had trained David to call on Him in faith through years of adversity. He has trained our family to do the same. When adversity comes your way, look back over all the times the Lord has delivered and blessed you in the midst of trials. In light of God’s faithfulness to you and yours, commit to call on Him and enjoy the peace of His deliverance, even before it arrives.