“Don’t worry about the sweet by-and-by,” said the president of the university I attended years ago. “That will be here soon enough. God has promised it and that’s all we need to know. As sure as God has kept His Word in the past He will honor it today, tomorrow and every day, from now until the sweet by-and-by is here. What we need to worry about is the nasty now-and-now.”
That goes with the phrase we often hear: “Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.”
While being concerned about and planning for the future makes good sense, we need to be much more concerned about what we might do every moment of every hour of every day to honor God. With that thought in mind, David said, “But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and at noon I cry out in distress and He hears my voice.”
Notice his priorities: He would not retire at night without going to God in prayer, asking for His forgiveness, peace and protection so he might rest well and be at ease with God. Nor would he begin his day without asking God to guide him and guard him and give him His power and protection. And then – right in the middle of the day – he would stop everything and go to his Lord in prayer. He needed His help in the “now!”
Prayer, for David, was not a trivial ritual. It was his life – his source of strength. “I cry out...He hears!”
Prayer: May we, like David, Lord, recognize our need for prayer. Let it become the centerpiece of our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 55:16-17 As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.