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Trouble? Cry to the Lord!

I'm home now after two and half months of wandering through South-east Asia and central North America and am trying to re-establish my routines, two of which are time with God and writing.  As I start this morning's time with God, I already find something I want to share with you.  I'm using Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, which quotes a small portion from the Psalms as translated by The Book of Common Prayer used by Anglicans, Episcopalians and others.

Today's reading is from Psalm 107:4-8
Some wandered in desert wastes : they found no way to a city where they might dwell.
They were hungry and thirsty ; their spirits languished within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble : and he delivered them from their distress.
He put their feet on a straight path : to go to a city where they might dwell.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy : and the wonders he does for his children. (emphasis mine)
I know a number of people who are, metaphorically, wandering in desert wastes, finding no solution, hungry and thirsty (for whatever) and their spirits languishing within them.  I know I have been there and, to a degree, still am.  Why is your spirit languishing within you?  Is it because of physical health?  Mental health?  Relationship problems?  Addictions? Sin of some sort or another?  Abuse?  Cry to the Lord!

Call out to him and beg for help and deliverance!  And don't do it just once! Keep doing it until that deliverance comes!  Remember the parable of the unjust judge?  A woman in need kept coming to the judge for help and he kept ignoring her until she persisted so much, he gave up and granted her request.  Jesus tells us to be like that woman to God, persisting in our requests until he grants them: "And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly." Luke 18:7, 8a NIV

I just did a search for cried to the lord at an online Bible site and came up with 85 hits.  Of those, 79 are someone crying out to God and in 77, God delivers them.  Those are pretty awesome statistics.

So, are you in trouble? Cry out to God!  Is your spirit languishing for some reason?  Cry out to God! Are you between a rock and a hard place and getting squished (yes, Mom, "squished" is a real word)?  Cry out to God! Are you scared?  Cry out to God! Do you wonder if God has left you? Cry out to God! He will deliver you and bring you justice.

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