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January 4 – When God answers… celebrate!

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. …I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” – Psalm 18:1, 3 

Scripture reading: Psalm 18:1-19 

God answers prayer. But sometimes we must wait. It doesn’t help that we live in an instant society of microwave meals, next-day delivery and online answers. Even now I feel a little impatient by skipping Psalms 4-17 in which David pleads for freedom from his enemies. Finally, Psalm 18 celebrates God’s answer (read the inspired title). Immediately, David’s heart gushes with love for God’s protection. As you read verses 1-3 imagine the pictures David paints. Feel the refreshing confidence in God that energizes his emotions. God saved David from his enemies. He can’t help but to celebrate.

To give God the credit, David tells his story of answered prayer (read verses 4-6). Imagine ropes pulling you under the water into dark suffocation. David prays. God answers from His tent – the place where God’s Son is seated on the Holy Hill of Zion (2:6).

David senses the majestic drama of God’s answer. Read verses 7-15 expressively to feel the cataclysmic power behind the swaying earth and shaking mountains (7), thick darkness (9,11), burning coals (12), peals of thunder (13), lightning flashes (14), and a dry seabed (15). By borrowing these images from the Exodus, David captures the drama of his own deliverance. In fact, David goes so far as to compare his rescue to Moses escaping the Nile at birth. (Moses’ name means “drawn out”. Read vv. 16-19.)

Does God’s answer (Psalm 18) to David’s prayers (Psalms 3-17) inspire you to pray? Pray deliberately. Observe carefully. Celebrate God’s answers.

Suggestions for prayer

We would do well to celebrate our own salvation as dramatically as David. Call upon the Lord to be delivered from the Devil, the world and your own sinful desires. Tell God how much you love Him for answering past prayers. Be specific if you can.

Rev. Ken Anema currently serves as an instructor for Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary which is a prison discipleship ministry structured as a school. Prior to that, he pastored the Messiah’s Independent Reformed Church in Holland, MI (1993-2014) after graduating from Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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