Because He Loves Me
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” Psalm 91:14, 15
Have you ever met someone who says that they believe in Christ, and that they’ll go to heaven when they die, but they aren’t willing to “go all the way with the Lord”? They want to live the good life… and not have to give up their bad habits, yet nothing ever seems to go right in their world. Some people have to hit rock bottom before they will cry out to God and truly mean it.
C.S. Lewis wrote, “The atheist too has his moments of shuddering misgiving, of an all but irresistible suspicion that old tales may after all be true.” Sometimes the hardships of life are the very things that bring us to God.
Our scripture today gives us the promise that those who love God and acknowledge His name, will be rescued. Rescued from what? If you have read all of Psalm 91, you would get a glimpse of what happens to us every day in the spiritual world. We are under constant attack, but God is taking care of those attacks and defeating the enemy over and over again every day.
There are 3 parts that we have to do in order for the Lord to fulfill His promise.
First, we have to Love God. According to Mark 12:30, loving God means totally surrendering ourselves to Him with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind. It means that we put Him first. We make God our priority. We don’t allow other things to crowd in.
Second, we have to acknowledge Him and never be ashamed of His name. Am I ashamed to pray with someone in public? Am I ashamed to speak out on issues that matter to Jesus? Am I ashamed to explain that the reason for my “goodness” (by not swearing, being honest, etc.) is not because I am simply nice, but because I love Jesus?
And thirdly, we have to pray in His name. Prayer is the main thing that initiates God to protect, rescue and deliver us. Verse 15 says, “He will call on me, and I will answer him”. The call on me part is when we pray. It goes on to say that not only will He answer us, but he also gives us additional promises!
He will be with us when we are in trouble. He will deliver us and then honor us.
He doesn’t say He “might” or “will consider”, or He’ll “think about it”. He promises that He will deliver us and honor us.
What does it mean that God will honor you? It simply means that if you honor God with your life and your lips, then God will honor you by comforting you, healing your broken hearts and blessing you.
Announce and confess your love for God. Strive to be better and better each and every day. Spend time in scripture and prayer and then watch to see how He is at work all around you. Then make sure to give Him the glory.
Have a blessed day!