"Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." Psalm 50:15
Verses like this one can bring great comfort to someone going through an intense season of testing. The reality of abusing this promise, however, must be considered. Like the great truth of Romans 8:28, this message of hope in Psalm 50, as are so many other promises in scripture, limited to those who are in vital union with the God of the Bible. The verses following this plea to call upon Him is a disturbing and solemn charge to the wicked. God plainly says that He will rebuke them, not deliver them. In fact, reading the latter half of Proverbs 1 reveals how God will laugh at the calamity of the wicked. He says that He will not answer them when they call, and they will not find Him though they seek Him diligently. Why? "Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, they would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Therefore, they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies." (Proverbs 1:29-31)
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