But I pray to you, Lord, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. (Ps. 69:13)
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook our city in November of 2019, the second one in the span of three months. With this one, there were collapsed buildings, twenty-five people dead, and over a thousand aftershocks for months. Thousands were left homeless in the aftermath. During this time, the sentiments of David in Psalm 69 seemed to describe our city’s situation accurately: “for the waters have come up to my neck” (v. 1). People were beyond their ability to fix their own problems, and many cried out to God though they had not been believers beforehand.
Just like our city’s devastation, David’s situation looked very hopeless. Like some where we live, though, David knew whom to turn to in times of trouble, and that made all the difference in the world. David did not wallow in despair but cried out to God, and we know from Scripture that David did overcome this crisis.
David also declared reasons for hope during difficulties. As he prayed to the Lord, David referenced God’s “great love” and his “sure salvation.” Several members of a family in our city escaped from a toppling building when they cried out to God.
No matter what we face in life, like that family and David, we can trust in God’s incredible love and promise of salvation for those who turn to the Lord.
Cry out to God and trust his sure salvation in all situations.
Caryl Aukerman—wife, missionary and mother of three—has served with Global Partners in the country of Albania for over fourteen years.
© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.