“He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.”
Psalm 91:15 (NIV)
I vividly recall attending the radio station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador. It is a state of the art facility with an amazing array of transmitting antennas that seemed to occupy acres of land. As an amateur radio operator I have transmitted signals that were about 500 watts strong. HCJB has a signal of a million watts power and more.
The voltage used to power their remarkable transmitter is lethal and great respect must be paid by the staff of the station as a mistake could cost someone their life. The advantage of mega watts of power is, of course, that the broadcast can be heard at phenomenal distances very clearly. The gigantic antennas add to the efficiency of transmission.
I smile at the paltry power I am licensed to transmit with in my hobby when I see the gigantic power of such a station. Yet, with the recent advances in technology, I can use a mere 10 watts of power with one of my radios and am able to get my signal around the world. I do not say that to be critical of those who use such great amplifiers to transmit their messages, it is just that technology helps the weak signal to get there as well as the signal with a “big foot.”
We live in an incredibly vast universe. Therefore it can be puzzling to many to think that the Creator could be interested in hearing the cry of a minutely small speck of humanity on the planet earth.
Why would the Creator take the time to listen to us with our problems? Surely the God who put the whole show on the road is too busy running His creation to concern Himself with our paltry matters. Are not our prayers too faint for the ear of God?
Our verse today is truly a fantastic promise for the one who thinks their prayers are too weak for God to hear. You do not need to be a great theologian who can shape the best prayers, or a brilliant scientist with a gigantic transmitter to get God’s attention.
The Psalmist who penned these words from our Maker speaks of himself as a lowly person who has taken refuge in the presence of Almighty God. The writer is one who has sought after God and come to Him in faith. He insists that God has heard him and is with him in all times of trouble. His “signal” was not too weak for God to hear.
As you read the entire Psalm, the writer describes various dangers that threaten him and he fears none of them as his God is able to protect him in every situation. Just as the powerful transmitters in Quito had cabinets surrounding the high voltage transmitters, so God makes shields around His people so that the deadly threats of life will never come near His people.
Are you in the place of safety that God provides for all of His people? Are your prayers heard in heaven? Do you have confidence that God is with you to deliver you in times of trouble? God is listening for the faintest prayer from the humble. If you call, He will answer. Call on Him and do it today.