“On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” Psalm 138:3
Growing up I learned what it meant to memorize phone numbers. I had several of them memorized. My home phone. Grandma’s house. Aunt Jane. Luke Mauldin’s house. And the offices where my parents worked. Thinking back on it, I enjoyed calling familiar numbers when I knew what to expect on the other line. The psalmist here tells us that when we call on the Lord, we can surely expect that God will answer us. This is a great gift, church.
But if you’re anything like me, it can be somewhat frustrating when we call on other people and it keeps ringing through to the voicemail. I stink at voicemails! It’s no fun when we call on other people and we get the busy signal. Bummer! And don’t even get me started when we call a customer service number and it feels like we are not being served or helped at all. This is NOT the case with God. When we call on God, we never have to leave a voicemail; the communication and connection is direct. When we call on God, we will never get a busy signal; God is available to us on a personal and invitational basis, 24/7. And even as the psalmist points out, our Creator desires to help us, and to strengthen us on this journey called life. In these days, let us continue calling on the Lord, the one who always answers, our hope and our help.