You are the God

You are the God

Key Texts: Psalm 88:1-2

Lord, you are the God who saves me;

   day and night I cry out to you.

May my prayer come before you;

   turn your ear to my cry.



All of us have them – moments when we don’t quite know where to turn for help.

It may be a major crisis, or a fairly minor inconvenience.

It may be something at work, at school, at home, even at church.

We can feel ourselves becoming frustrated, afraid, and unsure, paralyzed.

At times like this, the Psalms can be helpful, especially when we recall laments like the one listed above.

“Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.”

Sometimes, before we do anything else – we need to remember who the Lord is, the God who saves us.

We need not know exactly how to pray, or even what to pray about specifically.

I believe it is enough at times that we simply remember who the Lord is, the God who saves us.

Even if it is a problem of belief itself, we can always pray as one desperate man once did, “Lord, I believe, help my disbelief.”

So, the next time you feel overwhelmed, and you are not sure where to turn next, turn to God.

He hasn’t gone anywhere, He hasn’t forgotten you, He hasn’t stopped caring.

Just offer up a prayer – or even a prayerful attitude.

I believe, as the Psalmist believed, as so many over the ages have believed, just turning to God with the smallest amount of faith that He is there, is enough.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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