April 1 / 100 WORDS

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD

Today's Reading: Joel 1

Key Verse: Joel 1:14, 19a

Declare a holy fast;

call a sacred assembly.

Summon the elders

and all who live in the land

to the house of the Lord your God,

and cry out to the Lord.

…O Lord, to You I cry out!

When in trouble, the prophet Joel instructs us to "CRY OUT!"  Joel reminds his hearers of a time in the past when chewing, swarming, crawling locusts descended on their land and stripped away in hours every vestige of plant life. The people had no refrigeration, no freezers, and no canned foods such as we have in today's developed world. Yes, they probably had stored in advance some grain products and dried foods, but they were in big trouble! These people knew what to do!

No doubt they had sung Psalm 50 from their "hymnbook," the Psalms. The Temple worship leader, Asaph, had composed a song of worship in which God says, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me" (Psalm 50:15).


PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, we think about today's world and we cry out to You! Today we do as You instructed Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3). In the Name of Jesus, the ultimate deliverer, we pray. Amen!


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