Cry out to Jesus
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Psalm 28: 2 (KJV)
2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
“We are taught in Scripture to be persistent in prayer, but that is not all. Our persistence must be focused—it must have a point. We need to know what we want. And it would be far better to receive a thousand no’s in a row than to pray constantly in a nebulous fashion.” — anonymous
David used the poetic technique of repetition and parallelism to say essentially the same thing in two ways. His prayer was a cry to God; and his body was set in the traditional posture of prayer. It has been observed that “Psalms 28:1-2, is a prelude to the prayer proper, on the double ground of his helplessness apart from God, and of his lifting up his hands in prayer.” David is in such danger that unless God hears him, he will lose his life. “Hands lifted up in prayer can be expressive of prayer in many moods, such as calling down the power of heaven upon others as in Exodus 17:9-.” Paul also associated this action with prayer in 1 Timothy 2:8.
This repetition is a sign of a heart in anguish. David’s ardor and vehemence in prayer are also intimated by the noun signifying voice, and the verb signifying to cry. He means that he was so stricken with anxiety and fear, that he prayed not coldly, but with burning, vehement desire, like those who, under the pressure of grief, vehemently cry out. It has been a common practice in all ages for men to lift up their hands in prayer. Nature has extorted this gesture even from heathen idolaters, to show by a visible sign that their minds were directed to God alone. This was a type of Christ, and it is to him that we must lift up our eyes and hands, for through him all good comes from God to us. It was also a figure of heaven, Hebrews 9:24. And from God, as our Father in heaven, we are taught to expect an answer to our prayers.
Here we come to acknowledges that the only reason he can come before God is that he has been redeemed by a sacrifice and forgiven. He is remembering that sacrifice by turning to the Holy of Holies. Are we this desperate for the Word of God? Are we longing for Him to speak to us? Do we dig into the Word of God, labor in prayer? Do we act as though our spiritual life depended on it? Jesus taught us that it does. Now the only way that we can come in prayer and gain access to God is through the blood of Christ.
Like David, let us understand, then, clung to the sanctuary with no other view than that by the help of God’s promise He will never leave nor forsake, that we must cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us and wants to rise us above the elements of the world.
Have a great and God filled day!