If ferrets could talk this one might be saying what I hear all the time from surprised people; “Oh my God!” Shortened to OMG, we all know this expression as part of widespread internet chat. One of the earlier appearances of the term was in a letter to Winston Churchill from Lord Fisher in 1917. But more recently the rise of “Valley Speak” in the pop culture of the eighties made the expression popular. Of course, its use usually does not include any thought of God.
Today’s verse is a wonderful promise for those who are crying out to God. Whether a person uses the words, “oh my God,” or some other expression, the Lord sees the intent of the heart. He knows who is calling on Him in sincerity and in truth. He promises to be near. He especially makes His presence felt for the one who cries out to Him in desperation. It is especially when we are in distress that He hears our cry for help (Psalm 18:6). He promises that His ears are attentive to the cry of the righteous (Psalm 34:15).
Those casually using the expression, “Oh my God,” may one day be using it sincerely and in truth. When they do, the Lord will be there as He was for me. Just recently, at a time of great distress, it was all I could say in my heart. Over and over these were the only words that could come. He made His presence keenly felt and with that realization I felt hope. How good and attentive He is to His children!
Oh my God, I am so thankful that You are mine and I am Yours.