“Calling on God with Salty Wet Cheeks”

February 10, 2019

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In Psalm 61:1-2, David calls on his LORD in anguish: “Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I…” (ESV) Ever been to the ends of the earth? Your wits end? The pits of despair? Ever been to a ‘God-please-don’t-leave-me-here-place?! Warning, such places are part of the normal Christian life. The great preacher, Charles Spurgeon, who led countless souls to Christ, also knew the depths of despair. He once said: “If I can bring Him nothing but my tears, He will put them with His own tears in His own bottle for He once wept; if I can bring Christ nothing but my groans and sighs, He will accept these as an acceptable sacrifice, for He once was broken in heart, and sighed heavily in spirit.”Trials, difficult ordeals, and painful losses come. We cry out to God! Or we see others crying out to God and we choose to cry out with them. Our tear-filled dirges can morph into sweet melodies of praise. If we call on God with salty wet cheeks we can be sure of this: He hears us and He loves us and He will help us. The Bible tells us so…

Bible References

  • Psalm 61:1 - 5
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9 - 10
  • Galatians 6:2
  • Romans 15:1 - 2
  • John 15:12 - 13