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Psalm 138:3

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.


It can be a rather strange thought but the LORD sometimes allows us to be in certain situations in order to provoke a certain type of cry from us. For example when our children are young, before they learn to communicate with spoken words a mother can tell what is going on with the child by the type of cry they make. If a child is hungry it makes a certain sounding cry but if it is suffering physical pain it is a different sound altogether. Still yet there is a different sound to their voice when they are afraid. Likewise with us in our relationship with the LORD.

He doesn’t put us into pressing circumstances to invoke different types of cries because He is egotistical and needs to hear us crying for Him so that He feels fulfilled but rather His intention is to teach us that He is a comforter, a healer, a deliverer or whatever specific part of His character He is teaching us about at that point. So when He hears a certain cry He knows we will learn a certain part of His divinity.

Genesis 45:1, “Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.” Joseph cried. It is the same word that the Psalmist used. Joseph cried because he was ready to reveal to his brothers who he was. Up until that point they had known Joseph as the second in command in Egypt and as the one who had the power to feed them. It was time for them to learn Joseph as their brother when this certain cry came out of Joseph’s mouth.

If we are not careful we can become so spiritually proud that we neglect to cry to the LORD and instead attempt to walk on in our own strength. The Bible says in Galatians 5:16, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” This is not about learning to walk in the ways of God Almighty by our own strength but rather learning to walk in the Spirit, completely dependent upon the LORD, crying for Him to lead us and guide us every step of the way.

Jesus teach us to cry for thee!