“Gather to me this consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice … call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”Psalm 50:5, 15 NIV
God reminded His people, “the world is mine, and all that is in it” (v. 12). They needed to realize the vastness of His resources and to understand that He didn’t need their offerings. His concern was their attitude, their heart. He called them to fulfill their vows and show gratitude by sacrificing thank offerings.
He had a different perspective on the wicked. Through their lives, they demonstrated hatred for His instructions. They were filled with deceit. They thought they could get away with impure actions or hide behind religious acts. But God knew everything they did and said.
To understand God’s perspective, we need to grasp His holiness and understand the importance of His covenants. He was calling out to the “consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” He also called on them to pray with boldness and to be so confident that they would “call on [Him] in the day of trouble,” sure that He would deliver them.
Bold prayers were not an imposition but a demonstration of their faith and confidence. They could be bold when they realized that He keeps His promises and honors those who understand His covenant relationship.
When we enter into a covenant relationship with Him, we take His Word seriously. Standing on His promises, we can be bold in prayer and confident that He hears us and will answer.
Father, I commit these needs to You: ______. I believe that Your promises are true. Thank You for the answers. I trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.