Updated: Nov 20, 2019
Have you heard the expression: "Sometimes God answers prayer, and sometimes He doesn't"? I believe God always answers the fervent prayers of His people. The answer may not come in the way we thought, it may not come at the time we thought, but God answers prayer! And we can be thankful He does!
In Psalm 138 David is praising God for answering his prayer. He doesn't mention God by name until verse 4 but it is very evident that it is God who has done the work of answering David's prayer. In verses 1-3 is praising God and giving thanks to Him because "on the day I called, You answered me." It seems God has gone far above what David asked and because He has, David bows before Him in worship.
God does the same for us. Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:16-21:
"I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask, or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen."
If Jesus is our Savior we have the full measure of God's power living in us. We can know His love for us and experience His "immeasurably more than we ask or imagine"work in our lives. This is what David experienced. He saw God answer his prayer in mighty ways and he gave God all the praise for those answers. Do you praise God for the answered prayers in your life? Do you even recognize He has answered your prayers? Keeping a prayer journal with a list of our prayers helps us better recognize when God has answered a specific prayer, allowing us to give Him the glory.
Answered prayer gives honor and glory to God.
In verses 4-5 of Psalm 138, David is praying for the pagan kings around him to praise the Lord and sing of His glory. When we give God glory and praise for answering our prayers the unbelieving world sees and hears our testimony. Speaking of his conversion experience, Paul related what God said to him through Ananias:
"Then he said to me: 'The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from His mouth. You will be His witness to all people of what you have seen and heard." Acts 22:14-15
Answered prayer becomes our testimony to the lost.
Psalm 138:6 says:
"Though the Lord is exalted, He looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, He sees them from afar."
God is Supreme over all other gods. He is the One True God. He is exalted. Yet He looks kindly on the lowly. We are all lowly. We all need God to look kindly upon us. And that is just what He did through Jesus. Paul told the Philippians:
"In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking on the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:5-11
Because God looked kindly on us even in the lowly state of our sin Jesus came. And because He came we have been delivered from our enemy. By God's power, Jesus was raised from the dead and exalted to the Father's right hand.
Psalm 138:8 says:
"The Lord will vindicate me; Your love, Lord, endures forever - do not abandon the works of Your hands.
God had answered David's plea for deliverance from his enemies. He did not abandon the good work He had begun in David's life and He will not abandon the work He began in us when we accepted Jesus as Savior. Philippians 1:6 says:
"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Answered prayer assures us God is working in our lives.
Even if the work doesn't come in the way or at the time we feel it should, we can be thankful our God knows best how to answer our prayers!
What prayer have you been waiting for God to answer? How are you expecting that answer to come? Will you ask God to open your eyes to see His answer?
Praying we all look for God's answers remembering that His ways are not our ways.
Until next time keep gathering manna, growing deeper, and gaining intimacy!
May God bless and keep you,