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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 25

An Answering God – Psalm 20

Do you believe God hears you when you call?

Some people seem to have “selective hearing.” For example, children may pretend not to hear their mom or dad when they think they are going to be disciplined or when they think they are going to have to do something they do not want to do. Even adults are sometimes accused of doing this!

You may know someone who has a hearing problem and wears hearing aids. If they do not respond when you say something, it could be because they do not have their hearing aids in their ears, their battery might be exhausted, or your speech pattern may be difficult for them to understand. Surely they do not intentionally ignore you when you talk to them!

You can be confident that God hears you when you call to Him. He will “hear thee in the day of trouble; . . . defend thee; Send thee help . . . strengthen thee . . . fulfil all thy petitions” (vv. 1, 2, 5). Your love-relationship with the Lord began when He saved you; “Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed” (v. 6). God not only gave you eternal life, but He will continue to “hear [you] from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand” (v. 6).

David was called “a friend after God’s own heart.” He may have had a closer relationship with the Lord than you think you do, and he may have experienced salvation from many impossible situations in his life. But, when he wrote this psalm, he was able to totally trust the Lord, and he wanted people yet to be born, such as you, to be able to do the same. He was praying for you when he wrote, [The Lord] Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfill all thy counsel” (v. 4). Trust the Lord, call out to Him, and tell Him your desires. He will hear you, because He always listens to His children.

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (v. 7).