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I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. Psalm 142:1

Ever felt so completely alone and on you own you thought no one was there? Ever been in a crowd of people and felt all alone or lay on your bed at night thinking no one really understands how you feel, not even God? Those times when the people you care about the most don’t seem to care in the least about you?

If you have found yourself in that situation then you have some very good company. Before David became king he spent years running from the man who was supposed to be his mentor. As he ran for his life it seemed God’s promises would never come true. What good is being king if you are dead before you take the throne?

In David’s distress, during those times of confusion, loneliness and disappointment, David knew where to turn. He turned his eyes towards heaven, to the God of Mercy, grace and truth. To the one who loved him more than mere humans can imagine. David turned his heart towards heaven because he knew God would turn his ear towards David.

What a wonderful promise. The God of the universe turns to listen to us. It’s as though all heavenly activity stops when you call. Angels stop playing their harps and wait as the creator turns all of his attention towards you.

When we walk with God we are never truly alone. He sees our every step. He understands our every emotion. He feels every painful bruise we suffer from physical or emotional abuse or illness. He walks with us through our addictions and disappointments. He’s always there, always ready to listen.

When life seems confusing and you feel all alone, speak to your heavenly Father. Find a place where you can even lift your voice out loud as David did. Tell him exactly how you feel. Take time to meditate on what he has to tell you through his word. When you speak, He listens.

PRAYER: Father God, there are so many times I try to tell people about my struggles and seem to get nothing but blank stares and polite attention. I praise you for the promise that you hear me in my deepest distress and my biggest victories. As I go through the toughest times of my life I ask that you empower me with your Spirit to know your presence in my life. Protect me from my enemies as I learn to walk with you. Amen.

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