Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 23, 2015

“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 4:1-7.

“1 Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord;  and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.”  2 Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you?  Tell me, what do you have in the house?”  And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”  3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few.  4 And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.”  5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons;  they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured.  6 When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”  And he said to her, “There is not one vessel more.”  And the oil stopped.  7 Then she came and told the man of God.  And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”   2 Kings 4:1-7.

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We notice two things about this widow that were important for her to receive the miracle.  First, she “cried out to Elisha”.  Second, her husband (and presumably herself) “feared the LORD”.

When we review the following Scriptures in the Psalms, we see these two common elements present.  I highlight the element of fearing the LORD described in different ways.

“In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried to my God for help;
He heard my voice out of His temple,
And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.”  Psalm 18:6.

“To You they cried out and were delivered;
In You they trusted and were not disappointed.”  Psalm 22:5.

“6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.”  Psalm 34:6-7.

“15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:15-18.

“1 Hear my cry, O God;
Give heed to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
4 Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.  Selah.”  Psalm 61:1-4.

“3 Be gracious to me, O Lord,
For to You I cry all day long.
4 Make glad the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”  Psalm 86:3-4.

“17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
20 The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.”  Psalm 145:17-20.

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