All Who Call On Him
Date: December 11, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse Psalm 145:18 (NIV): "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."
L - Listen for God's Voice and Pray: Dear Lord, help us to feel your presence near when we call upon you. Guide us in our prayers and open our hearts to hear your voice. We come to you in truth, seeking your wisdom and guidance.
E - Explore the History and Meaning: This verse from the Book of Psalms reminds us of God's accessibility. It was written by David, a shepherd who became a king and experienced God's nearness in various situations throughout his life. The psalm reflects the universal truth that God is close to all who sincerely seek Him.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
"The Lord is near": This phrase emphasizes God's proximity and availability to us.
"Call on him in truth": It highlights the importance of sincere and honest prayers.
S - Summarize and Share:
It is so comforting to know that the Lord is always near when we call upon Him with sincerity. This verse reminds me that God is not distant or unreachable but desires a close relationship with each of us. Just as David, a humble shepherd, found God's nearness, so can we in our everyday lives.
For many of us, life can be quite the whirlwind, filled with responsibilities, doubts, and even moments of despair. It's in these times that this verse brings comfort. It tells us that God isn't just accessible during moments of joy or praise; He's equally near when our hearts are heavy with sorrow or when we're wrestling with difficult questions.
When I think about this verse, I recall those instances when I've felt overwhelmed or uncertain, unsure of where to turn. In those moments, I've called upon the Lord with a sincere heart, and I've experienced His nearness. It's as if a warm embrace envelops me, reassuring me that I'm not alone in my struggles.
So, let's take comfort in the fact that God is near when we call upon Him. He's a faithful companion on our life's journey, ready to listen, provide guidance, and offer the peace that surpasses all understanding. May this verse inspire us to approach God with honesty and trust, knowing that in His presence, we find refuge and strength.
4 Bible Cross References:
Psalm 34:18 (NIV) - "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
James 4:8 (NIV) - "Come near to God, and he will come near to you."
Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV) - "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) - "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."