David prays and looks to God for help, especially when he is surrounded with enemies. In fact in Psalm 57, in the very first verse, he repeats the request twice because he is fully aware of how great the danger he is in, and not just twice but with intensity and those two things implied just how much hope and trust he had in God’s mercy.
His argument – God has helped me in my past distresses and that is why he has hope in his present situation.
David supports himself with faith and hope in God, and prayer to Him.
This is not to earn the mercy of God; mercy can’t be earned. He said it to tell God that He was David’s only hope. His soul trusted in God and nothing else; there was nothing else to trust in.
“How can the Lord be unmerciful to a trustful soul? Our faith does not deserve mercy, but it always wins it from the sovereign grace of God when it is sincere.” – Spurgeon
So what will I do – I too will put my life in God’s hand – my immortal spirit knows no other portion than God. Even when I need a speedy answer – immediate relief – I can expect the mercy and grace of God. My great act of faith is to only trust God in such circumstances – not just a profession of trust – but one that is sincere – all my heart and all my soul – and that makes a reason or argument for mercy seeing that His mercy encourages my faith and hope. I believe the Lord takes pleasure in those that hope and trust in Him.
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.– Psalm 57:1-2
Where does your hope come from?
The beginning of the story of Gideon only happens because the people of Israel knew there was only one place to go, one place to put their hope – God – and they began to call on Him and ask Him for help. In the midst of our own trying circumstances, may we not wait seven years to do this as Israel did.
Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the LORD for help. – Judges 6:6
Third Day – Cry Out To Jesus
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. – Romans 12:12
In our anticipation of the second coming of Jesus we need His own advice to pray always and to hope. This is our attitude and our posture while we wait. Paul echos Jesus comments and reminds us that with the approaching second coming there will be persecution. Jesus was concerned knowing the enormous challenges that His disciples would face in the days leading to His trial and crucifixion, but it was His message to them as well that if they persecuted Him, they would do the same to them. They would be opposed and marginalized – tempted to lose hope.
Jesus even wondered at the end of His parable of the judge whether He would find anyone with faith – in other words, anyone who had not given up hope and who continue to be persistent in prayer.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. – Philippians 3:20
Considering that our citizenship is in heaven and that is where we will finally fit in – we know this world is not our home. We are strangers longing for home. Our hope is not in social programs, or politics – our hope is in the second coming of Jesus. To come and make all things new, to put an end to sin and death, for a glorified body rid of sickness and decay – our hope is to see Jesus.
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, “Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” – Luke 18:1-8
OUR HOPE (O GOD, OUR HELP) – Nicole Elsey/Robert Sterling