Call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me
(PSALM 50:15 ESV)
When trouble comes we are to “call on” God. We’re to ask him for something and expect him to do it. Trouble is a tool God can use to build our faith. It is a test meant to strengthen the faith that we have. But we need to understand what trust is.
Trust is not believing that God will always do what we want him to do. It is asking God to do what he wants to do, believing it is best and leaving the result to him. This is how we are to relate to God, clinging, connecting, and conforming. This is what it is to be trustful.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
It’s a sad commentary on our human nature that too often it takes a dose of trouble to motivate us to “call upon” God. Trials come and we ask, “Why me? Why now?” But we should really be asking, “How can I turn this adversity into a tool to increase my faith?” Every trial rightly considered turns into blessing eventually. It’s faith, however, that brings “eventually” into reality.
Yes, call on God and he will deliver you. That’s the promise. The result is that you will glorify him. Whatever your situation, trust God now in all he does and all he allows…and he will deliver.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.