THEN I CALLED OUT TO GOD…

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
 
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There have been a few really hard, challenging times in my life as I know you have had. I felt I tried to do my best but my best wasn’t good enough. Called to serve, I tried to do what I felt God wanted me to do but the people around me didn’t like it so it was a tough line to walk. Then I called out to God and cried out, “I don’t know how long I can keep doing this” and suddenly He pulled me out…in the nick of time. As a young working mom with caring for my husband and three kids I caught myself trying to do life all by myself with grit and tenacity to prove to the world I would not fail…but I was doing life without God’s guidance and help… then I called out to God and He saved me in the nick of time.
 
Psalm 107 sea hushedWithout God life is meaningless and empty. With God, life is not only doable, it is full of adventure with crazy, wild rides with God steering and looking back over His shoulder with laughter because we are with Him. He loves taking us where He is at work. He loves it when we are trusting fully in Him.
 
Yes, God pulled me out of various situations in the nick of time that could have destroyed me or at least hindered my faith journey with Him. Instead, when I called out to God, He literally used those times to build my faith and trust in Him. I will never turn back on God and His ways. It’s too scary.
 
I know you have probably had those moments when you felt all is lost and cried out, “I can’t go on like this, something has got to change, I don’t want to live life like this.” If you call out to God…HE will save you…in the nick of time.
 
Psalm 107, The Message
 
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1-3 Oh, thank God—he’s so good!
His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
from the four winds, from the seven seas.
 
4-9 Some of you wandered for years in the desert,
looking but not finding a good place to live,
Half-starved and parched with thirst,
Psalm-107-God-is.jpgstaggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion.
Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God.
He got you out in the nick of time;
He put your feet on a wonderful road
that took you straight to a good place to live.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
He poured great draughts of water down parched throats;
the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.
 
10-16 Some of you were locked in a dark cell,
cruelly confined behind bars,
Punished for defying God’s Word,
for turning your back on the High God’s counsel—
A hard sentence, and your hearts so heavy,
and not a soul in sight to help.
Psalm 107 13Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
he got you out in the nick of time.
He led you out of your dark, dark cell,
broke open the jail and led you out.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
for his miracle mercy to the children he loves;
He shattered the heavy jailhouse doors,
he snapped the prison bars like matchsticks!
 
17-22 Some of you were sick because you’d lived a bad life,
your bodies feeling the effects of your sin;
You couldn’t stand the sight of food,
so miserable you thought you’d be better off dead.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
he got you out in the nick of time.
He spoke the word that healed you,
that pulled you back from the brink of death.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
for his miracle mercy to the children he loves;
Offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
tell the world what he’s done—sing it out!
 
Psalm-107-pulled-out.jpg23-32 Some of you set sail in big ships;
you put to sea to do business in faraway ports.
Out at sea you saw God in action,
saw his breathtaking ways with the ocean:
With a word he called up the wind—
an ocean storm, towering waves!
You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out;
your hearts were stuck in your throats.
You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk,
you didn’t know which end was up.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
he got you out in the nick of time.
He quieted the wind down to a whisper,
put a muzzle on all the big waves.
And you were so glad when the storm died down,
and he led you safely back to harbor.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
Lift high your praises when the people assemble,
shout Hallelujah when the elders meet!
 
Psalm 107 God is in control33-41 God turned rivers into wasteland,
springs of water into sunbaked mud;
Luscious orchards became alkali flats
because of the evil of the people who lived there.
Then he changed wasteland into fresh pools of water,
arid earth into springs of water,
Brought in the hungry and settled them there;
they moved in—what a great place to live!
They sowed the fields, they planted vineyards,
they reaped a bountiful harvest.
He blessed them and they prospered greatly;
their herds of cattle never decreased.
But abuse and evil and trouble declined
as he heaped scorn on princes and sent them away.
He gave the poor a safe place to live,
treated their clans like well-cared-for sheep.
 
42-43 Good people see this and are glad;
bad people are speechless, stopped in their tracks.
If you are really wise, you’ll think this over—
it’s time you appreciated God’s deep love.
 
HEART CHECK:
 
Psalm 107 God knows
Are you living in hard circumstances right now? Is it time to call out to God and listen to Him, follow Him and watch Him work? Do you believe He will pull you out in the nick of time? Do you wonder when that time will be? Give up trying to do life on your own. Believe me, that is no life to live.
 
Psalm 107 let God steerDon’t, for a minute, think God has left the building of our lives when we go through the storms of life feeling dizzied by confusing situations. God WILL pull you out in His time…in the nick of time. Your sea will become calm again and you will look back and learn as you move forward in God’s love and care. God will never give up on you, not for a minute! Let HIM steer the boat!
Pause to remember how God has helped you in the past, pulled you out when you called out to Him with “God, save me!” Now, praise and thank Him. When we remember and appreciate all God has done, is doing and will do in our lives, what we are presently going through takes on a new perspective of trust in our God. We think, wait, I been at these crossroads in my faith before. We realize, again, WHO God is and how He loves us. We realize HE can do the impossible and is always at work in and through us.
 
Psalm 107 Let-the-redeemed-tellNow we need to tell others what God has done for us, in us and through us. We need to shout our hallelujahs from the rooftops…okay, so at least tell a coworker, family member, or someone, anyone God puts in our path in the marketplace of our lives. Point people to the God, not the storm!
 
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Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for pulling me out of situations that overwhelmed me. Thank you for saving me from those who wanted to pull me down and destroy my faith in You. Thank you, most of all, for being patient with me until I called on You to save me. Your love truly never runs out and it never ran out on me.
I love you, Lord with all my heart, mind and soul. Continue to take me with You, I’m hanging on for dear life!
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
And I’m singing…
 
Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains
This one thing remains
 
Your love never fails, and never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails, and never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails, and never gives up
It never runs out on me
 
Because on and on and on and on it goes
Before it overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never, ever, have to be afraid
One thing remains
This one thing remains
Your love never fails, and never gives up
It never runs out on me…
 
(Songwriters: Brian Johnson / Christa Black / Jeremy Riddle)
 

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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