GOD DID NOT HELP David because he was righteous. He didn’t help David because He helped him in the past. He didn’t help David because he was king. He helped David because David cried out to Him for help.
“O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.” Psalms 30:2
“I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me.” Psalms 57:2
Yes, David was a man after God’s own heart. He did great exploits for the Lord. He believed and trusted in God. He did righteousness and loved God’s law. But don’t put him too high on a pedestal. There was a time David fell hard. He disobeyed God by numbering Israel. He disobeyed God’s Word by committing adultery and having Uriah murdered. He did not always please the Lord. It is also recorded of David that he repented and consequently paid deeply for his sins. The sword affected his children. Yet, David in humility cried out to the Lord in his distress. Time and time again, David was in trouble either from another’s hands or his own and it is recorded that he cried out to the Lord.
“This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.”
If you think the Lord only responded to David because of David’s faithfulness to God, and because of any past relationship that David had with the Lord; then hear the words of the psalmist. Even fools seeped in sin can cry out to the Lord and He hears them. No friend. God responds to all who cry out to Him, all who cry out in humility. God responds to anyone who seeks His help. This is the nature and character of God.
“Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalms 107:17-21
This word for “cried out” in the Hebrew relates the idea of accosting a person, addressing by name for a variety of applications. It’s from a root word meaning “to encounter”. So it’s accosting someone to have an encounter with them. When I think of accosting someone, I see a reporter going after his next victim for a juicy story. They will hound their victim day and night, push their way to just get a word. This is a breakthrough story that could put their name on the map, they must press hard. This Hebrew word is no light word. David accosted God until he encountered Him. Maybe that puts it in a little different light.
David on several occasions called himself a “poor man”. This does not mean “one without money”, it translates as one who is spiritually bankrupt. It’s a heart that says, “I cannot do this on my own. I have no more strength to continue. I am destitute”. David found his strength in the Lord. When I think of accosting someone in Scripture, I think of the woman with the issue of blood who pushed her way through the crowd, meanwhile knowing she could be put to death because she was unclean; just to touch the hem of His garment. She was made whole. Do you have that same determination to reach Jesus? Do you need forgiveness? Accost the Lord. Cry out. Do you need healing? Deliverance? Provision? Strength? Help? Push your way through and cry out to Jesus, “Have mercy on me and heal my infirmity!”
Remember, all God requires is a submissive and repentant heart that realizes you cannot do it on your own. All Him. None of me. He hears. He knows. He cares. He sent His Son, the Word of God made flesh, so that all who cry out to Him with a humble and repentant heart (this is key) will receive help.
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