When you pray, how often do you cry out to the Lord? Charles Spurgeon has eloquently recorded in his Treasury of David the following commentary about Psalm 18:6, In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God.
Prayer is that postern gate which is left open even when the city is straitly besieged by the enemy; it is that way upward from the pit of despair to which the spiritual miner flies at once when the floods from beneath break forth upon him. Observe that he calls, and then cries; prayer grows in vehemence as it proceeds. Note also that he first invokes his God under the name of Jehovah, and then advances to a more familiar name.
Thus faith increases by exercise, and he whom we at first viewed as Lord is soon seen to be our God in covenant. It is never an ill time to pray; no distress should prevent us from using the divine remedy of supplication. Above the noise of the raging billows of death, or the barking dogs of hell, the feeblest cry of a true believer will be heard in heaven.
He heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Far up within the bejewelled walls, and through the gates of pearl, the cry of the suffering suppliant was heard. Music of angels and harmony of seraphs availed not to drown or even to impair the voice of that humble call. The king heard it in his palace of light insufferable, and lent a willing ear to the cry of his own beloved child. O honoured prayer, to be able thus through Jesus’ blood to penetrate the very ears and heart of Deity. The voice and the cry are themselves heard directly by the Lord, and not made to pass through the medium of saints and intercessors.
My cry came before Him
The operation of prayer with God is immediate and personal. We may cry with confident and familiar importunity, while our Father himself listens.
The words cry out, cried out mean “to cry out for help, to shout, to implore for aid.” These are days of distress, trouble, battle, fainting, and longing. The battle rages against the devil, the flesh and this world. Our Heavenly Father Who has given us complete access into the Holiest (Hebrews 4:16; 10:1-19) desires that we cry out to Him for His ear is open to our supplications. Let us relinquish our weak praying in exchange for prayer that comes from the agony of our souls. May even weeping, singing, and scripture be heard by God, Who for His glory, will accomplish His will which is always good.
Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.
Psalm 56:9 When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.
Psalm 57:2 I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me.
Psalm 84:2 My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Psalm 102:1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, And let my cry come to You.
Psalm 107:28 Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses.
Psalm 119:145 I cry out with my whole heart; Hear me, O Lord! I will keep Your statutes.
Psalm 119:146 I cry out to You; save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.
Psalm 141:1 LORD, I cry out to You; Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.
Psalm 142:1 I cry out to the Lord with my voice; With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
Enter your “War Room” today and cry out! Make haste to do so. Our gracious Heavenly Father will meet you there!