“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:15, 17, (NLT).
No one is perfect. But I am called to live a righteous life. It is a journey of obedience. It is a lifetime commitment, and forever a surrender of my personal desires to the Savior who sacrificed His life for me. Will I ever be completely righteous? In His eyes I am, because He sees me through the eyes of His redeeming grace. In my own eyes, I can never be. Whatever lies before me, I surrender all that I believe I can never be for all He believes that I am. I try to live a life that is worthy of His sacrifice, but so very often I fail. It is in my failure that I realize how little I am without Him. It is in my weakness that I realize His strength will carry me. I know His forgiveness the minute that I ask. I know His redeeming love the moment I cry out.
“In my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears” (Psalm 18:6, NLT). He attentively awaits my prayer, and constantly guards my life—always listening for my cry for help. He rescues me from my trouble in the way He has chosen to rescue me—not the way that I decide. Sometimes I don't understand His choice, but I know it is for my best. “I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me” (Psalm 57:2, NLT). He knows the purpose He wishes to fulfill in me. When I cry out to Him in prayer, He either delivers me from my trouble or He gives me the strength to overcome what I face. Although it might not seem true at the time, His powerful strength to overcome what I face is a great deliverance. I learn the real meaning of “no weapon turned against you will succeed” (Isaiah 54:17). When I am totally surrendered, I learn grace is sufficient for whatever comes against me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
“He knows where I am going,” Job declared, “and when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold” (Job 23:10, NLT). God knows my path. He listens and watches, but He more than listens and watches. He is involved in every aspect of my life. He tests me. He grows me. He refines me. The Lord changes me until His righteousness anchors my life. Because He is greater than anything that comes against me, I am delivered from all that tries to destroy me. I cry out because if I don’t, I drown. I remain lost in my own failure. So I cry out to Him who has the power to anchor me—to mold me—to change me. Only He knows where I am going. When He tests me, I want to be pure gold.
Lynn Hampton Lacher