Who We Need Him To Be – Psalm 88:1-3

“O LORD, God of my salvation;
I cry out day and night before you…
For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to Sheol.”

Psalm 88:1,3

The opening of this psalm, this prayer, strikes me this morning. “O LORD, God of my salvation.” The writer begins with this statement of who God is – who he needs God to be in this moment.

I see a similarity to one of my favorite devotions by Charles Spurgeon, in which he focuses on our bringing God’s promises before His throne and saying, “Do as Thou hast said.”

In a sense, this is the same. The psalmist needs salvation in his circumstances, so he declares to the Lord, “You are my salvation; save me. Do as Thou hast said. Show Yourself to be who You have said You are.”

It is a statement of faith. And a reminder to ourselves in the midst of whatever we’re facing. A prayer stemming from the very words of God. We are asking, as Moses did, “Please show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18).

What is your cry this morning?

Who do you need God to be in this moment? How do you need Him to show Himself?

Because He does care enough to do so.

He sees you.

He hears your cry.

He will show Himself to be a fortress – or whatever it is you need.

Because He is the fulfillment of all that you need.

Shepherd. (Psalm 23:1; Ezekiel 34:11-16)

Father. (1 John 3:1)

Provider. (Matthew 6:25-33)

Deliverer. (Psalm 32:7; Psalm 107:13-16)

Healer. (Psalm 103:3; Psalm 107:20; Isaiah 57:18-19)

Hope. (Romans 15:13)

All comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Isaiah 51:3)

Salvation. (Psalm 68:19; Isaiah 33:6; 45:21)

Refuge. (Psalm 71:3; Joel 3:16)

Love. (1 John 4:8-10)

Compassion. (Psalm 103:13; Isaiah 49:15-16)

Strength. (Isaiah 41:10)

Victor. (Isaiah 54:16-17; Revelation 5:5,9-10; 19:11-16)

Redeemer. (Isaiah 54:5; Isaiah 43:1)

Immanuel, God with us. (Isaiah 8:10; Isaiah 43:2)

This is who God is. All of these, and more. Whatever it is that you’re going through, however you’re struggling – know that God will be everything that you need. Fix your eyes on who He is, and ask Him to show you His glory.

“I love you, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.”

Psalm 18:1-3

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