As for me, I call to God,
and the LORD saves me.
Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice (PSALM 55:16-17).
When you take your pain to God, he helps you tune your heart to his. David brought his unbearable pain to God, “evening, morning and noon.” If we are going to tune our heart to who God is and to what he is able to do, we need to do it more than once. We need to do it more than once a week. We need to pray persistently, again and again and again.
When we do, we begin to notice all the ways, big and small, that God saves us from the torment of our former thinking. When we are tuned to God, we can begin to forgive like God.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
David had been betrayed, so what did he do? He called out to God—and God saved him. But take note how David cried out: with great persistence. David cried out to God in the evening, morning, and at noon. In other words, he never gave God a moment of silence. He cried out in distress, and God heard him.
Too often when we’re in distress we offer short prayer for help and hope God hears us. But David knew by faith that God heard his pleas. Prayers without faith are just words spoken into the air. But prayers mixed with faith in God’s sovereignty and offered in persistence will be heard.
Cry out to God. Know he hears. Persist. Watch expectantly for his answer. He will deliver you.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.