Psalm 50 is about God holding people in court, on trial for insulting Him, and it is in that context that He is offering them hope.
I am not sure just what a day of trouble looks for you, but for me it cannot get much worse than being in God’s presence and on trial.
Basically, we are talking about prayer and the worship of our heart – something God desires more than anything else.
When we pray, God answers and brings Him glory. It shows that He is a reality to us. There is in a sense a spiritual connection that is made.
Prayer is filled with a manifest hope in God exhibiting a clinging affection to Him and a sure confidence.
The law brings us into bondage, but grace proclaims hope.
Even so with this promise – we need to be patient. It might seem that God has ignored us or that we have to take up the case ourselves – but the one who feeds the sparrows will provide everything we need. Hope – and in the arms of faith as we are in our sea of trouble – God will deliver us.
Our emotions can become waves of resentment and fear for the future – in those moments life seems darker as the storm rages on and on. Even so – we must remember that the only secure place to put our hope is in the character of God. Our breath prayer needs to sound like this – “my hope is in You and I hope in Your unfailing love.“
Robinson Crusoe has been wrecked. He is left in the desert island all alone. His case is a very pitiable one. He goes to his bed, and he is smitten with fever. This fever lasts upon him long, and he has no one to wait upon him—none even to bring him a drink of cold water. He is ready to perish. He had been accustomed to sin, and had all the vices of a sailor; but his hard case brought him to think. He opens a Bible which he finds in his chest, and he lights upon this passage, “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” That night he prayed for the first time in his life, and ever after there was in him a hope in God, which marked the birth of the heavenly life. (favorite portion of Charles Spurgeon’s)
Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Psalm 50:15