When do people usually call on God? Is it when there are no problems, crisis, and everything is going well? I think we all know that we often wait until there is trouble or some great need and then we call on God.
In 2 Sam. 22:7, David said, “in my distress I called upon the Lord.” Most of us are guilty of being like David and only calling on God for his help when we too are in distress. David had been in great danger for King Saul wanted to kill him.
But the Bible not only says that David called on God in his distress, but also says, “he did hear my voice.” It is comforting to know that God did hear David’s prayers and to know that he also hears us when we are in trouble and call on him like David did.
The Bible also teaches us to talk to God when we are not in trouble, and to thank and praise him. In Col. 3:15, Paul said, “be ye thankful.” In Phil. 4:6, Paul also said, “By prayer with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.”
The story of David should remind us that we can call on God when we are in trouble, and know that God will hear us. It should also remind us to call on God during good times and be thankful, especially for Jesus who came to save us from the distress of sin.