Throughout the Bible, the Lord is widely known to be a rescuer of His people. The Word of God is a historical account telling the story of humanity through the framework of God’s great love, which is why He sacrificed His own Son to provide rescue for all who would choose to accept Him. When the righteous cry out, the Lord responds immediately, according to His Word. Even if you don’t immediately see He is doing or understand the plan, the Lord is always moving and working to perform His will! (Jer. 1:12)
Psalm 34:17 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” But do we still have troubles in this world? Of course! “In this world you will have tribulations,” Jesus said. (John 16:33) But, we are not defenseless nor helpless! We hold onto the promises of God because, through Jesus Christ, they are “yes!” and “amen”! (1 Cor. 1:20)
The Righteous Cry Out to a God of Action and Authority
There are an untold number of ways the Lord comes to your rescue when you cry out to Him for help, because there are no limits to His power, resources and authority. However, even though you may not immediately see how He is working, you must stand in faith that the Lord is working on your behalf, for your benefit and good, according to His Word and His good will and the future and hope He has for you.
As you continue to find strength in the Lord through the power of His Word, His supernatural presence through praise and the prayer of faith for your situation, there are two mighty ways that the Lord immediately responds when the righteous cry out.
Psalm 50:3 puts it this way: “Our God will come, and will not keep silent; a fire consumes before Him, and a strong tempest is around Him.”
1) The Lord Will Come When the Righteous Cry Out
The Lord bends down to listen when the righteous cry out! (Psalm 116:2) He heard you. If you believe that, then the next response will be a faith response- standing firmly on the Word of God and then, praising Him in faith that He will do what He said He would do! Worship is gratitude to the Lord for what He has done, but it is also a testimony of faith for what God will do and as a sign – to yourself and to everyone else – that you believe it- even before you see it!
David wrote, “I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me, and He heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God; many will see it, and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1-3)
Maybe you’re worried because things seem to be getting worse, but think about this: Plenty of times in the Word of God when the righteous cry out the fires, the floods and the winds that stir up and swirl are a sign of the Lord’s coming!
Hold onto Psalm 34:17, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.”
Read Psalm 18:6-16: “…The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High gave His voice, hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered them, and He shot out lightning and distressed them. Then the channels of waters appeared, and the foundations of the world were discovered at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. He sent from above, He took me and He drew me out of many waters.”
Read Psalm 77:13-19: “The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind, and Your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook.”
…the Lord doesn’t just want to rescue you, He wants to make sure the place of your captivity is brought to utter ruin and those who held you captive are completely destroyed and He wants the world to see and hear and put their trust in Him!~Alicia Purdy
In the Bible, the Lord never sends a flood unless it is to wipe out sin! He’s not against you. He’s not “teaching you a lesson”. When the righteous cry out, the Lord not only listens, He comes to the rescue!
The Scriptures above show that when the Lord comes there is often a fire– a burning away of the chaff in your life, those useless and even harmful things everyone carries. And there can even be a flood, where the unclean things within are cleansed and purified for a new season of growth.
Don’t fear the thunder and lightening and hailstones! They are the signs of your divine rescue!
2) When the Righteous Cry Out, the Lord WILL NOT STAY SILENT
Remember the words of Psalm 50:3: “Our God will come, and will not keep silent; a fire consumes before Him, and a strong tempest is around Him.”
The voice of God is often compared a “still, small voice” amid the storm, but that is not always the case! When the righteous cry out and God rescues or speaks to His people, He makes a lot of noise!
- Psalm 47:5 says, “God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet!”
- Isaiah 42:13 (NLT) says, “The Lord will march forth like a mighty hero; He will come out like a warrior, full of fury. He will shout his battle cry and crush all his enemies.”
- Psalm 29:3-5 (MEV) says, “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord sounds with strength; the voice of the Lord—with majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.”
Why does it matter? Because the Lord doesn’t just want to rescue you, He wants to make sure your enemies are scattered and obliterated, and that the place of your captivity is brought to utter ruin and those who held you captive are completely destroyed – and He wants the world to see and hear and put their trust in Him too!
There is no limit to what God will do when the righteous cry out – as evidenced and proven when He sent His Son to die in your place! Paul wrote, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor. 2:9) You can trust the Lord to come to your rescue- don’t be afraid. In fact – CRY OUT to the God who hears! (1 John 5:14)
Thought for today: The Righteous Cry Out to a Living, Loving God!
Psalm 118:15-17 says, “The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous: ‘The right hand of the Lord is valiant! The right hand of the Lord is exalted. The right hand of the Lord is valiant!’ I shall not die, but I shall live and declare the works of the Lord.”
While you are awaiting the rescue of the Lord, when you can’t see what He is doing, or understand how it will all work out, when you have cried out to the Lord, while you are in the waiting… WORSHIP! Worship is a powerful act of faith, thanking your Heavenly Father beforehand for what you know He will do. Praise and worship will keep your spirit strong.
The Lord will be faithful. He will provide. He will heal. He will send laborers into the harvest. He will guide. He will show mercy over judgement. He will forgive. He will comfort. He will never leave you. He will come. He will not be silent. When the righteous cry out, the living God hears, sees, knows and has a plan!
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