Answered Prayer! How absolutely delightful when God does it!

Answered prayer!  How absolutely delightful when God does it!  The crisis may be critical – the need desperate – the situation seem hopeless.  We cry out to the Lord and He heeds our cry, answers our prayer, and rescues us!  Don’t you love Him for that?!  Oh how many times He’s done it … and just in the nick of time.

Other times we faced what seemed to be impossible situations and were convinced we did not have the strength to sustain us or could not hold out through the crisis.  Again we cried out to Him for help and months later we looked back and to our surprise we had traversed the stormy waters successfully with the strength, guidance and wisdom He provided.  Again… Don’t you just love Him for that?!

There’s a psalm for that – Psalm 116!

“I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.  Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.  The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the LORD: ‘O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!

“Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful!  The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me…

“What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?  I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD, I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people! … I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD!  I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people! … Praise the LORD!!”

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