God is Always On Time

God is Always on Time!

But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, And out of the deep waters.  Psalm 69:13-14

I believe our love of the psalms is found in how we all at some point in our lives, and on some level, can relate to the psalmist’ heart. Our hearts, like the rest of our flesh, usually like a quick fix. Our prayers are often, “Lord it’s me. I’m in a jam. People hate me, and I feel like I am drowning. Deliver me ASAP.”

But the prayer of the psalmist here shows maturity and understanding. He is in a sticky situation. He needs to be delivered and he feels vulnerable. However, his request yields to the sovereignty of God’s timing: “in the acceptable time” and “in the multitude of Your mercy.” The psalmist’s heart is already prepared that God will have enough mercy for him, that God will hear his request, and in God’s time deliverance will come.

As a child growing up in church, I remember often hearing the pastor and some senior saints say: God’s trains all run on time. They are seldom early, never late, but always on time. That was their simple way of saying to pray, trust, and wait on God because He will never fail you.

I believe there is one clear-cut wat to stay disappointed in prayer: always put your own time requirements on all your prayer requests - as opposed to trusting in God’s timing. How else can your heart truly learn to worship if your heart doesn’t learn to trust God in His timing?
As we pray, we should confess our need and desperation for deliverance. Then,  we need to trust that God will answer at an acceptable time.
Dale Hendricks
Senior Pastor
Shady Grove Baptist Church
Cherryville, NC

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