Scripture for Today: Psalm 40:17 “But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; You are my God, do not delay.”
This happened. Actually, experiencing flight delays happens pretty regularly. I try to stay calm, but when a connecting flight is affected I tend to panic. No one likes running frantically to a gate. Being delayed because of my own lack of organization is one thing, but when the airlines delay me for whatever reason, I feel intense frustration. I have no control and that is an uncomfortable feeling!
David was concerned about delays for a much better reason. He was waiting for the Lord to act on his behalf in the face of enemies! Today’s verse is a cry for help and deliverance. David saw that he had no control in the situation. In fact, he was humble enough to see his poor and needy state. He was totally dependent on God’s response. How odd that a king would say that he is poor and needy. Yet David felt that way when overwhelmed with his troubles and sin, as well as his enemies (verse 12).
When I am feeling rich and confident in my own resources I am less likely to call out to the Lord for help. I am tempted to feel smug and complacent when all is going well. It is when I am surrounded by troubles, feeling the weight of my sin and feeling opposed by unbelievers that I realize just how poor and needy I am! Perhaps, that is why God sometimes delays. He waits for humility. He opposes the proud but gives so much timely grace to the humble.
Thank you Lord, that Your help is never too late when I cry out to You.