“Pull me out of the net that they have laid for me, because you are my strength.”
David knew he could rest in God’s strength. This is important. I’m glad God hears when I pray, but if that were all, it would be of little consolation.
Imagine this situation. You are driving up in the mountains. The view is beautiful and the scenery at its peak. You stop at an overlook to enjoy it more fully, and as you get out of the car, you warn your children, “Stay away from the railing. The mountain is steep.”
You turn to comment to your spouse on the beauty of the scene in front of you, but are interrupted by a scream. Whirling, you are just in time to see your young son sliding over the edge.
In his youthful curiosity he has climbed up on the rail and fallen over. Terror-stricken, you rush to the edge to look down. There you see your child lying on a narrow ledge jutting out in the middle of a shale slide. As you stand there, you hear his cries for help, and your first thought is to get to him as quickly as you can.
But there’s nothing you can do. If you try to climb to him, you run the risk of falling yourself, or even worse, causing a slide that would knock him off the ledge. With nothing to lower down to him, there is no hope of rescue.
It doesn’t matter that you can hear his cry for help. It doesn’t even matter that you desire with all your being to help him. Without the means to help him, you might as well not be there. Your only hope is someone who has the ability to rescue your child.
A God who can hear our prayers, but not answer them is not God at all. So what if He hears us? Who cares if He wants to help? If He can’t answer, He might as well not be there. David knew that when he called to God, not only would He hear, not only would He care, He was able to help.
I can have the same confidence.