“Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
fulfill your vows to the Most High,
and call upon Me in the day of trouble.” Psalm 50:14-15
This Bible verse about prayer is one of my all time favorites. It’s such a simple model for living. Let’s break it down into its 3 parts. The first part of the verse says to sacrifice thank offerings to God. In simple terms a thank offering was an Old Testament way for a person to show that they wanted to give God thanks for something He had done. In my mind, it simply means be thankful and show it. The second part of the verse says to fulfill your vows to the most high. This is especially important I think. So many times a person will come to God in their despair, cry out to Him, ask God to help them change, and then go back to their old way of living once everything settles down again. When I became a Christian, I asked Jesus to be Lord of my life and to help me become a better man. But often, I take back control and continue living in ways that I don’t really want to. I’m breaking my vows to the Most High and I need to do better to not do that anymore.
But the third part of the verse is what I want to focus on. How cool of a command is that? Call on Me in the day of trouble. God commands that we come to Him and cry out to him when we’re in despair and depressed and don’t know what to do. He likes coming to our rescue. When I first read this verse, it really changed the way I prayed. Before, I had sometimes felt guilty about only really coming to God when I was desperate, and it made me not want to call out to Him during those times when I was in despair. But then I realized that God likes it when I call on Him in the day of trouble. He likes coming to my rescue when I’ve screwed up my life so much that I can’t dig myself back out. Sure, He would prefer that I came to Him more often than that, but He at least, if nothing else, wants me to call on Him in the day of trouble. What an awesome command.