Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 NIV
This is a comforting verse to those who know Christ as their Savior. God promises to never forsake those who seek Him. Call upon Him in the day of trouble and He will deliver all who put their safety in His hands. This promise warms our hearts and give us confidence to live lives lifted up on eagles’ wings.
Understood another way, though, this verse is unsettling. It makes us uncomfortable. It is a call to action, as it were. Don’t you see it? This is awful. How can the hungry call on Him if they have not heard of Him? Who will rescue the oppressed if they don’t have a Savior?
I once asked my father, “Why do we need to pray if God already knows what we need?”
“Well,” he answered in his usual thoughtful way. “God knows what we need, and He knows just what to do about it, but He’s waiting to be asked. He’s not going to step in until we ask Him to step in”
How can they call upon Him if they have not heard of Him?
Do you want to help feed hungry people? Tell them about the Bread of life. Tell them that God knows of their distress and never forsakes those who seek him. Then they can go to Him with their needs, and rest on His promise to help. .
Do you want justice for the oppressed? “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in the time of trouble,” says vs.9 of this same Psalm. Tell the exploited about the Lord of Justice. “He will judge the world in righteousness,” says verse 8.
Whenever there is a skit or joke about beauty contest participants they ask the blonde, “And what would you like to accomplish with your life? And the beautiful, ditsy, blonde says, “I would like world peace.”
Do you want world peace? Then tell the nations that God is Lord and teach them to call upon Him in their day of trouble. For God never forsakes those that call upon Him.