Wouldn’t That Be Great?
Today’s Scripture: “In times of trouble, may the LORD answer your cry. May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.” Psalm 20:1.
What if you were in trouble, great or small, but trouble enough that it pressed you to cry out to somebody…to anybody for help. Wouldn’t it be great to know that the Lord Himself heard you, and to see Him respond in an open and unmistakable way?
What if you were exposed and vulnerable to those who wanted to hurt you badly, even if you were unaware of their intentions. Wouldn’t it be great if the Lord kept you safe from all harm – even the harm you didn’t know was there?
What if you were alone and friendless, surrounded by unfaithful men and women, living in a place of increasing ungodliness. Wouldn’t it be great if the Lord noticed you and did something special to turn things around for you in a positive and uplifting way?
What if you had been kind and generous to many people over a long period of time, but were feeling that nobody noticed or really appreciated what you had done. Wouldn’t it be great if suddenly you were aware that the Lord had not only noticed and appreciated each and every kindness you had shown, but that He actually had a record of them all and was preparing to give back to you much more than you had given – even though that was not why you did it.
What if you had great dreams but no means of making them happen. Wouldn’t it be great if the Lord supplied you with the resource and relationships necessary to completely realize your noblest ideas and accomplish your best of plans.
What if you were faced with a titanic struggle, a David before Goliath, and though unsure as to how it would turn out, you stood your ground and fought with faith and courage….and you won. Wouldn’t it be great if all of a sudden all of your family and friends were told the news of your victory and leapt to their feet cheering in honor of God.
What if every time you prayed in earnest, thoughtful, humble faith – God answered your prayer. Wouldn’t that be great.
By the way, these are not the wistful longings of a loopy dreamer, nor are they the vain imaginations of a spent cynic. No, not at all. For everything I’ve just touched upon is all covered in one single prayer found in the Bible; one great blessing uttered ages ago that stands in rich supply for all, even unto this very day. Here, read it for yourself….
“In times of trouble, may the LORD respond to your cry. May the God of Israel keep you safe from all harm. May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem. May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings. May he grant your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory, flying banners to honor our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers.” Psalm 20:1-5 (New Living Translation)
May I suggest this prayer as a good way to start out your day? Pray it for yourself, to be sure; but, to really see its fullest blessing unleashed in ever-expanding measures – pray it specifically, intentionally, and continually for others also!
Say, now wouldn’t that be great?