“I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints. Psalm 85:8 (NKJV)
EXPOSITION: This text finds David showing believers how to call on God and to wait for an answer. In this psalm David uses the first seven verses as a tutorial based on his prior experience in talking to God. If we look closely we see an outline take shape: Thank God for past favors and blessings; that’s the tone of verses 1-3. It’s a way of saying that our present problems should never cause us to lose sight of all that God has done for us in the past.
Then we are shown how to make our petition for our present situation. In this situation, David asked for the troubles of the people to be turned. Thus, in verse 4 we hear the petition to turn us or change our condition. He asked for relief. Then, in verses 5-6, we are shown David appealing for revival, not just relief but full restoration of the favor and grace once known. That’s one side of the conversation, our side. The text, beginning at verse eight now tells us what to do next, wait to hear God. We are reminded that if we wait to hear God, he will speak to our souls.
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: What if you tried to talk to God and could not get through? What if there was a busy signal each time you called? Or worse, suppose you reach an automated angelic voice that instructs you to dial one for prayer requests, two for confessions and three to report an emergency? To speak with the big man Himself please hold. Please note because of the high volume of calls that the big man receives your wait time may be several days. If you prefer, you can leave a message on his voice mail and He’ll get back to you at his earliest convenience. Such a heavenly call would be disappointing at the least; especially since we expect VIP service as a child of God.
We have come a long way since Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. We have grown from scratchy voices that were nearly inaudible to crystal clear voices delivered by fiber optic cables on the ground and satellite signals in the air. Fiber optics, cellular and electronic communications have prompted many to both expect and demand access. Gone are the days when a real person greets you on the other end of a phone call. It seems as though whenever we try to “reach out and touch someone,” we are greeted with a computerized voice.
I’m glad this isn’t true of our Father in heaven. He is always there. No voice-mail boxes, no “press 2 for more grace” and no “call waiting” interruptions. Thankfully, “Call to Me, and I will answer you” (Jer. 33:3) has not been replaced by, “All lines are now busy. Your call is important to Me. Please stay on the line.” Yet I wonder what kind of access He has to us? We expect direct access to God whenever we call day or night.
Communication with God is a two-way street. He speaks to us through His Word when we come before Him in prayer. We feel his presence and hear His voice through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He paid a great price to keep the mainline open so that we can talk to him and he can talk to us. As Christians, we are thankful to Christ for giving us access to God; now we can call Him up tell what you want.
In His Love & Service,
Pastor Larry E. Campbell, M.A., MDiv.