Psalm 50:15 (GW)
15 Call on me in times of trouble. I will rescue you, and you will honor me.
This verse seems simple enough. But really, there are three responses that we can make when God rescues us.
1) We ignore the fact that God has rescued us. We think that it was blind luck that got us out of trouble. Or we think that our ingenuity paid off. This response is the one that simply refuses to acknowledge that God was involved in our rescue, even if we did call upon Him and ask him for help. What happens when we do this? The next time we call on God for help, he may refuse to answer or help us. Why should he? We were ungrateful at best and denying his ability at worst. If we don’t really trust God to help us (or give Him the credit when he does), why do we get so angry with Him when he doesn’t help? The good news is that God is merciful and will often help us even when we don’t deserve it (which really is all the time). God’s grace, His undeserved love for us, is just that undeserved. But the danger is when we take that grace for granted. When we turn grace into law, “God you have to help me because if you don’t then you really don’t love me.” We demand His help while denying him the credit for helping. That is pretty messed up!
2) We acknowledge that God has helped us but we turn around and start complaining or worrying about the next big trouble that may come our way. “Thanks God for taking care of this today, but don’t forget I may be in trouble next week. That is what I am really concerned about.” If you think about it, that is really a back handed thank you. We should be rejoicing that we were rescued today. In fact, the trouble we are worried about for next week (or even tomorrow) may never happen. Why should we cry to God for help over a problem we don’t have yet? That almost sounds like the little boy who cried wolf. Instead of worrying about what might happened, let us rejoice over how God did rescue us today. Let God worry about tomorrow. This is really the devil’s way of trying to rob God of honor and us of the joy of being rescued.
3) The final response is the simple meaning of the verse. Thank God for what He has done. Yes, we can say thank you. But Jesus often told those whom he had helped, “Go and tell your friends and family what God has done for you.” That is really bringing honor to God. Telling others how God rescued you, how awesome He is, is the best way to honor him. Go brag to your friends about God and his rescue of you!
I suppose there is a fourth response. That is not asking God for help to begin with. Trying to do it on your own. To be honest, most of the trouble I find myself in is of my doing. So, to rely on myself to get myself out of the trouble that I caused is like a drowning man trying to rescue himself. It just doesn’t work! Sure, there are times when the trouble I find myself in is caused by others, but again I don’t want to be the one left alone to face it and overcome it. Isn’t it great that we have God who doesn’t leave us alone? Isn’t that what this verse is all about? God wants us to call on him in our troubles. He actually wants to get involved in our mess, not to point fingers but rescue us!
Need a hero? Call on God!