In the day of my trouble I WILL call upon You, for You will answer me. Psalm 86:7
It’s I WILL Wednesday!
Today’s passage of scripture, comes from Psalm 86, which is titled, A Prayer of David. Tucked in this Psalm we find David sharing his confidence about answered prayer. Though scholars differ on the circumstances surrounding this psalm, David’s life was filled with times of trouble where he had to confidently cry out in prayer.
In the 8th verse, David, with certainty, declares that in troubling times, he would call on the Lord, because he knew there would be an answer. The confidence David displays here is one that we should share. It is a confidence that is rooted not in our devotion to God, or in our consistency in prayer. Our confidence is rooted in the faithfulness of our God. He is a Faithful Friend, unlike others who are with you for a season, or those who consistently let you down.
As a child, David learned to call on the Lord. When he came up against a lion and a bear, he knew that it was by the hands of the Lord that he prevailed. When he fought against the giant Goliath, it was God who allowed him to be victorious. When he was on the run from Saul and then from his own son Absalom, David was never alone. He maintained an intimate connection with the Lord. When David sinned and the weighty consequences bore down upon him, even then, he turned to God and experienced loving restoration. What a Faithful Friend!
These experiences, no doubt, were a boost in David’s confidence in prayer. We can learn from his example. What’s even more encouraging is Jesus’spromises concerning prayer. Jesus said, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14). He also said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you” (John 16:23) (also see Matthew 18:19). John continued this line of encouragement when he wrote “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
Friends, we have the same type of confidence David had. A confident faith that says I know that God will answer. An assurance that He always comes to our rescue. The security that comes from knowing that your Father hears and answers. When we have this confidence, we can declare like David, I WILL call upon You, for I know You will answer me!