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Remember Long Distance vs Local Calls

"Answer me when I call to you, O my righreous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer" (Ps. 4: 1).

To use a polite word. my parents nere very "frugile." Having lived through the great depression, money was not to be wasted in any way. It was rare that my parents would call me on the phone after a left for college and was married. It was simple. That was a long distance call. They just cost too much.

David always lived within calling distance of God. The Psalms are filled with examples of David calling to God. In time of need he lifted his requests to God. "Give me relief from my distress." Perhaps one of the reasons that David was said to be a "man after God's own heart" was that he was in constant communication with Him.

God had set apart David for his own. "Know that God has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him" (v 3). God has also set us apart. Not because of who or what we are, but because of what we can become in Christ. When in distress, David did not become bitter or angry. But rather he said, "In you anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent" (v 4). He recognized the secutiy of being in the Lord. "Trust in the Lord" (v 5). God did not forsake David and He will not forsake us. He is trustworthy.

Despite the distres in his life, David knew that he was just a prayer away from his Lord. God was always within his grasp. After talking with God, he felt a satisfaction. "You have filled my heart with greater joy than when grain and new wine abound" (v7) Alot of the guys on TV tell us that we find joy and gladness in prosperity. True gladness is a gladness who's source is God....Dependent on God.

With his trust completely in the Lord, David said, "I will lie down in peace, for you alone O Lord, make me dwell in safety" (v 8). If we are not lying down in peace and safety, maybe we need to put in a call to God....We can be on His calling plan....NO CHARGE....

Have a great day...Let you light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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