Throughout the Word of God, the Lord makes numerous promises to His people. Over and over again – whether those promises are good or bad promises – God proves to be a Man of His Word. If He sent a word of warning ahead of His actions (as He is always faithful to do), the promised consequences will eventually unfold. If He sent a promise of victory, He will breakthrough. He promised a Savior and He sent His own Son! When the righteous cry out what God will do and what God will not do in response to His people is equally powerful and just as important to understand! Understanding and applying the promises of God will keep you busy for the rest of your life, but praise God for the Holy Spirit who leads us to the promises He plans to fulfill as we stand in agreement and faith for the manifestation of those promises. Yes and amen!
The Righteous Cry Out and Then?
Psalm 34:17 says, “The righteous cry, 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) Psalm 50:3 reveals the hidden nature of many fulfilled promises: “Our God will come, and will not keep silent; a fire consumes before Him, and a strong tempest is around Him.” What God will do when the righteous cry out and what He won’t do are two separate actions that attack your problem from both sides and prove He is more powerful than the forces of the spiritual and natural realms that rage against you and around you.
Your God WILL come:
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)
“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.” (Psalm 118:15-17)
“Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 38-39 NLT)
Your God WILL NOT keep silent:
You know that the voice of God is often compared a “still, small voice” amid the storm, but that is not always the case! When God rescues or speaks to His people, He makes noise!! Why does it matter? Because 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 hear! Here is what it sounds like when God WILL NOT keep silent on His way to you!
Psalm 47:5, “God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet!”
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.”
Isaiah 42:13 (NLT), “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.”
Thought for today: The Righteous Cry Out to a God Who Hears!
The hidden truth about the rescue of the Lord is this: Often the coming of the Lord is mistaken for the coming of the enemy!! The fire. The flood. The wind. 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”. You cried for help and He answered and He will not keep silent. The Scriptures above show that when the Lord comes there is often a fire– a burning away of the chaff in our lives, those useless and even harmful things we all carry within us – and a flood, where things are cleansed and purified for a new season of growth. Even thunder and lightening and hailstones! They are the sounds of your divine rescue!
There is no limit to what God will do for you- 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) So many times we panic and cry out to God when fires rage and waters rush in and winds howl, when sometimes it is the sign of the Lord of Heavens Armies who is coming, on His way to rescue us! Not every fire you face in life is meant to destroy you. Not every flood is meant to drown you. Not every wind is meant to knock you over. The Holy Spirit will help you discern what sort of storm you are in because you know if you cried out, HE IS ON HIS WAY. WATCH FOR THE SIGNS!!