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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Calling God

I love the Lord because he has heard

my voice and my supplications.

Because he inclined his ear to me,

therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

The snares of death encompassed me;

the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;

I suffered distress and anguish.

Then I called on the name of the Lord,

“O Lord, I pray, save my life!”

What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord; I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones. O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! ~ Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

Do you call on God? In distress? In hope? In joy? In anger?

What does it look like to do that? What does it feel like?

Is it like calling on a friend? A family member?

Or sometimes does it seem like you are calling into a dark abyss waiting for an answer you feel will never come?

Is it easier to call out in hard times or in good times?

The Psalmist calls to God in both joy and distress and it seems like God is able to take it all.

I'll bet there is someone in your life that is like that. And I'll bet that you are like that for someone in your life.

So maybe you have an idea as to just how patient God is with all the calls that come.

God, hear my cry...I'm calling to you! Amen

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