This Poor Man Cried (Leviticus 27; Psalm 34)

“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, If anyone makes a special vow to the Lord…” Lev. 27:2

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles,”  Psalm 34:6

Question, “Have you ever been so scared or struck with your problems that you found yourself just crying out?”  As a kid it often happened around our house as we would hide and scare one another.  Still yet I have to resist the temptation as an adult to not scare Sherry.

As I spent time with God this morning I found myself engaged with both vows (Lev. 27) and prayer (Psalm 34).  Our Lord was clear with his people.  If you make a vow, keep the vow.  David was clear with the people who would read Psalm 34, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

When we make a vow, it is clearly something we commit to doing.  But the opposite is the case when we cry out to God.  In the later case we are beyond our ability so we cry out.  Here David in Psalm 34 gives those who are beyond their ability, two imperatives:

1.  Taste and see

Here we are encouraged to do more than just sample Christ we are to surrender ourselves to Christ.  We are to surrender to his goodness, his greatness, and his grace.

2.  Listen to David’s instruction

David challenges his readers to fear the Lord and to live in the right way.  When his readers do this they discover a God who hears/delivers/and saves.  But the opposite is the case when his readers do not obey.  They will find a God who does not hear/will not deliver/ and will certainly destroy.

As I come away from this chapter, I now know that I must come in submission before God with a desire to live in the way he prescribes for my life.  Truly I am a poor man crying out for help.  Thanks be unto God that He helps us!!!

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