Psalm 79:9-13

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by: FCC Staff

08/01/2022

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“Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake!  Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”   Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants be known among the nations before our eyes!   Let the groans of the prisoners come before you; according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!  Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!   But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”  Psalm 79:9-13

Do you recognize the following series of symbols?  . . . - - - . . .    You may have noticed right away that this is the International Morse code symbol “SOS,” used to denote an emergency situation where assistance is needed.  Most people assume that this code was selected as an abbreviation for “Save our Ship” or “Save our Souls.”  But this is not the case.  When the code was originally adopted by the international community, it didn’t stand for anything.  The three short, three long, three short code was simply an easy-to-remember and easy-to-execute method of crying for help via Morse code.  It was years later that people assigned phrases to the code like those mentioned above. 

This world is a dangerous place with threats from people, things, and situations all around us.  Some of these life situations can be worked through with the help of family, friends, counseling, or pastoral care.  However, there are some difficult times in life that when we are going through them, all we can do is cry out to God for help.  This is exactly what the psalmist demonstrates in today’s Psalm, when the threats around him proved too much to handle. He cried out, “Help us, O God of our salvation…” (vs 9).  He sent out an SOS to God.

The psalmist isn’t doing something new or unique here. Scripture is full of “cry out” moments.  Think about some of the more well-known cry out moments:  In Exodus 3:9, we hear God’s response to His people from Egypt “…the cry of the people of Israel has come to me...”  Peter cried out to Jesus when, after successfully walking on the water, he began to sink.  In that moment he cried out “Lord, save me.” (Matthew 14:30) A blind man caught the attention of Jesus as the Lord passed him by on the street by yelling out “…have mercy on me!”  (Luke 18:38)   

When any of us cry out to God, we are doing exactly what God asks His people to do.  When we cry out to God, it is not a burden to God, as if He has to stop what He is doing and come help us.  In Psalm 50:15 we hear the mind of God on this, “…call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.”  Crying out to God does not burden Him; He delights in it.  Crying out to God is an act of obedience, because He asks us to do it.               

Prayer for Today:

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and concern for me.  Thank You for the promise that You hear my cries.   Teach me to become more obedient by crying out to You when the troubles of this life are pressing in on me.  Amen.

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“Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake!  Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”   Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants be known among the nations before our eyes!   Let the groans of the prisoners come before you; according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!  Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!   But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”  Psalm 79:9-13

Do you recognize the following series of symbols?  . . . - - - . . .    You may have noticed right away that this is the International Morse code symbol “SOS,” used to denote an emergency situation where assistance is needed.  Most people assume that this code was selected as an abbreviation for “Save our Ship” or “Save our Souls.”  But this is not the case.  When the code was originally adopted by the international community, it didn’t stand for anything.  The three short, three long, three short code was simply an easy-to-remember and easy-to-execute method of crying for help via Morse code.  It was years later that people assigned phrases to the code like those mentioned above. 

This world is a dangerous place with threats from people, things, and situations all around us.  Some of these life situations can be worked through with the help of family, friends, counseling, or pastoral care.  However, there are some difficult times in life that when we are going through them, all we can do is cry out to God for help.  This is exactly what the psalmist demonstrates in today’s Psalm, when the threats around him proved too much to handle. He cried out, “Help us, O God of our salvation…” (vs 9).  He sent out an SOS to God.

The psalmist isn’t doing something new or unique here. Scripture is full of “cry out” moments.  Think about some of the more well-known cry out moments:  In Exodus 3:9, we hear God’s response to His people from Egypt “…the cry of the people of Israel has come to me...”  Peter cried out to Jesus when, after successfully walking on the water, he began to sink.  In that moment he cried out “Lord, save me.” (Matthew 14:30) A blind man caught the attention of Jesus as the Lord passed him by on the street by yelling out “…have mercy on me!”  (Luke 18:38)   

When any of us cry out to God, we are doing exactly what God asks His people to do.  When we cry out to God, it is not a burden to God, as if He has to stop what He is doing and come help us.  In Psalm 50:15 we hear the mind of God on this, “…call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.”  Crying out to God does not burden Him; He delights in it.  Crying out to God is an act of obedience, because He asks us to do it.               

Prayer for Today:

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and concern for me.  Thank You for the promise that You hear my cries.   Teach me to become more obedient by crying out to You when the troubles of this life are pressing in on me.  Amen.

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