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You Can Know That You Know - Why You Know - What You Know
"A man who always makes God his refuge, who has no other ground of reliance, may feel assured that God will interpose and save him." - Barnes' Notes
"Those that expect to receive comforts from God must continue instant in prayer."
"Promises are given, not to supersede, but to quicken and encourage prayer."
- the above quotes are from Matthew Henry
Throughout the Scriptures, we find that God moves upon us to "call" upon Him with the sure intent of answering us at our point of need.
In Psalm 18:3, David said - "I will call upon the LORD, Who is worthy to be praised..."
In Psalm 55:16, he said - "As for me, I will call upon God..."
In Psalm 86:7, he said - "In the day of my trouble I will call upon Thee..." :
In Psalm 116:4, he said - "Then called I upon the name of the LORD..."
In Psalm 118:5, he said - "I called upon the LORD in distress..."
Then, in Psalm 91:15, we find that Moses wrote these words from the Lord - "He shall call upon Me..."
In the above examples, we see that the Psalmist constantly called upon the Lord in prayer for fresh mercies - especially when he found himself in the midst of troubles, dangers, dire straits, narrow places, or times of loss. God poured on him the spirit of prayer and then led him to pray aright. He believed that the Lord was worthy of his confidence. He had no other refuge but Him. He knew that He was the only One Who could foresee his deliverance and the defeat of his enemies. Hence, he made it a regular habit - had a steady and fixed purpose of mind - to commit his case to Him.
What happened as a result?
The Scriptures below show the final outcome -
Psalm 18:3 says - "...so shall I be saved from mine enemies."
Psalm 55:16 says - "...and the LORD shall save me."
Psalm 86:7 says - "...for Thou wilt answer me."
Psalm 116:4 says - "...O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul."
Psalm 118:5 says - "...the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place."
Psalm 91:15 adds - "...and I will answer him..."
Because he called upon the Lord, he received salvation and deliverance from his enemies...from sorrows and pains...from afflictions and distresses...and from death and the grave. He had a firm confidence and an unwavering belief that God would come through for him. He knew that the answer would surely come and the Lord would give him whatever was best - which oftentimes was enlargement of heart and place.
As wonderful as all this sounds, there is yet another promise given in the Scriptures which is an encouragement for all those who are perplexed and in need of enlightenment. It is a command to "call unto" the Lord for answers and He, in turn, promises to give them. It is found in Jeremiah 33:3 and says - "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
Take note of what is being said in this verse of Scripture.
God is saying to you today - "Call unto Me"..."Ask Me"..."Cry to Me."
And what will be His response?
"I will answer thee"..."I will tell you things"..."I will hear thee."
This is wonderful! God is assuring you that if you will "call unto" Him and earnestly seek Him, then He will reveal things to you that are presently inaccessible...incredible...or hard to understand. In other words, He will reveal marvelous, hidden, or secret things that you don't know and can't figure out on your own.
He promises a revelation in response to your prayer. He is assuring you that your prayer will not be fruitless. The deepest spiritual truths will be revealed if you will only pay the price - "Call unto Me."
Are you in a place right now in your walk with the Lord where things are happening all around you of which you have no explanation or clue as to why they are occurring? You simply cannot figure out what is going on or where He is taking you.
Be encouraged - This promise is for you!
The Lord is sending you this promise in hopes that you will respond.
If you will "call upon Him," He will answer. You can be assured of it. And He will definitely show you things that are beyond your understanding. You will receive clarity. You will have answers.
The question is - Will you obey Him and do what He is asking?
"Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
Don't murmur or complain a day, week, or month from today because you still find yourself in a state of perplexity.
You will have no one to blame but yourself for your lack of answers!
May God Bless His Word.