When we have something in abundance – something that someone else needs desperately – usually we get much satisfaction from giving it away. It’s that whole “Better to give than to receive” thing fleshed out. Many times, when we give from what we have to someone who needs it provides a catharsis for us. A release of personal accumulation with an influx of personal satisfaction for its reward. Those whose hearts are pure before God glory in the reality that a need has been met (no matter how large or small) for the sake of the kingdom, and are honored to have been used as His vehicle of blessing and provision.
God, our Great Provider (Yahweh-yireh, or “Jehovah Jireh” – Gen. 22:14), gives to us from what He has as well. In an economy such as ours today many are in want, tangibly. Gas, money, food… things we have come to rely upon are now in short supply in our homes/lives. But not just tangibly. Also spiritually, emotionally, and intrapersonally: some are lacking hope, significance, joy, peace, or purpose. Yet all of these things we lack, whether tangible or intangible, God has in abundance.
“Every animal of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and the creatures of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and everything in it is Mine.” – Ps. 50:10-12.
God is not in need of anything from us. In fact, everything we have ultimately belongs to Him anyway, since He is the Maker of all things, the Creator of the universe. It is He who has in abundance, and we who are in constant need. So why are we so reluctant to honor Him as the One who has and the One who gives?
God isn’t after the blood of bulls and goats (Ps. 50:13). He doesn’t feast on the carcasses of burnt offering. He is in need of nothing because He is the possessor of all. How does this possessing One… this Almighty God who owns the cattle atop a thousand hills… the God of the Ages who is the Creator and Owner of all that is… how does He react when we “call on Him” – admitting our need before Him and asking for His provision?
“Call on Me in a day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.” – Ps. 50:15.
God delights in giving good things to those He loves. Surely the One who has in abundance will give freely to those in need, when they “call on” Him. Surely He will come to my rescue. Surely He will give from what He has to reach me where I am in want. “Call on Me,” says the Almighty God of the Ages, “and I will rescue you.” Thank you, Lord.
So when we call on God, He rescues (a wonderful word picture here, especially in light of the first usage of God’s title, “Yahweh-yireh,” mentioned above, Gen. 22:14) us – and provides for us according to His “riches in glory” (Ph. 4:19). It benefits us in that our tangible and intangible needs are met. But it also benefits Him, in that he is honored: “I will rescue you and you will honor Me.” How honoring it is to God when His children recognize their great dependency on Him, and receive His provision with gratitude and thankful hearts (Ps. 50:14, 23). It is in our weakness that He is proven strong (2 Cor. 12:9-10). When we humbly admit our dependence on God, and gratefully receive what we need from His open hand, it honors Him.
I know you read the news. I know there’s an election coming up. I know many people would try to sway your opinion in their favor by twisting facts and deceptively interpreting statistics to their benefit. But let’s put all that to the side right now. I’m not talking about the rest of the country, or the world… This is about you. What is it that you need? Is it money, friendship, security, significance, time, food, shelter, hope? Is it something that God rightfully owns – as the Creator and Owner of all that exists? Is it something that He possesses in abundance? Wouldn’t He freely give from what He has to meet you at your place of need? Wouldn’t that rescue you? And wouldn’t it honor Him?
The requirement: “Call on Me.” What does that even mean?… The Hebrew word can be translated a few different ways… In the first 12 chapters of Genesis, it is used of someone giving a name to someone or something else. God called the light “day” and He called the darkness “night.” Adam gave names to the animals. Etc. Then, in Genesis 12:8, it is used in a different way for the first time: “Abram built an altar to the Lord and called upon Him.” Some translations even render the word, “worshipped” instead of “called.” It is the same Hebrew word, but in this context, Abram is not giving a name to God. He is calling upon God. He is worshipping God. He is recognizing God as the only One worthy of his life, his energy, and his spiritual affection. This is what the Psalmist means in Psalm 50. Those who call upon God in their day of trouble… those who acknowledge Him as the only One worthy of their affection, their devotion, their very lives… those who call on God in this way… God will RESCUE them. And it will HONOR Him.
God is not burdened by our needs. He is is not reluctant to give to those who call upon Him as God. “Calling on God” is synonymous to “seeking first His kingdom,” from Matthew 6:33. When God is the object of our affection, the One on Whom we call in humble need… we are rescued, and He is honored.
Grace and Peace,