ďThen they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name.Ē

Malachi 3:16

Crying Out To God

ďGive heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will prayĒ.

- Psalm 5:2

written by Sr. Maudeline Michel

Like the song says, ďTears are a language God understandsĒ; and itís true, Heís the only one who truly knows why you cry. As I read His words more, especially the Old Testament, Iíve come to realize the importance of crying out to Him. Moses cried out to God not only for himself, but also for Godís people that he was leading. Prophet Elisha cried out to God to bring back the life of a child. King David, a man after Godís own heart, learned that it is necessary to cry out to God. If you can read and meditate on every Psalm King David wrote you could actually hear the groaning in his voice for help, even when heís just giving thanks to God. You can tell there were tears of joy behind those praises. Men of God in the bible learned, at some point in their life, to cry out to Him for help.

Sometimes I have trouble relating to the trials and tragedies that drove Godís people of the Old Testament to cry out to Him for deliverance. They make my own trials seem unimportant in comparison. But lately God has been dealing with my spirit and Heís telling me to stop comparing and to realize that the depressions and setbacks I experience are just as important to Him as the conflicts and moral dilemmas faced by people in Bible times. They were His children, and He heard their cries and led them out of the depths of their troubles. I also am His child, and He hears my cries and will lead me out of my difficulties; I know my God is as eager to hear my pleas, as He was to hear theirs.

When we cry out to Him letís not focus only on our physical needs, but our spiritual needs also. There are times in the lives of every child of God when we are called to suffer. At times the heaviest burdens we try to carry is the burdens of mistakes, failures, and disappointments. Even if youíve fallen, even if everyone else has rejected you God will never turn away because there is no limit to His love. Donít be afraid to cry out to Him wherever you are, especially in His house when His Spirit is moving.