Psalm 116:6 “The LORD protects the simple-hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me.”
The psalmist describes how he called out to the Lord for deliverance 3 times and He delivered him 3 times. Then he wrote our verse.
It reveals a fundamental truth that is so simple we overlook it. When I was in great need, He saved me. The Lord protects us if we are simple-hearted. Simple-hearted means: honest, open, and straightforward. When I was first saved I was totally honest, open and straightforward with the Lord. I remember one situation while I was teaching school where my students were out of control – talking, messing around, and ignoring my directions. I was totally frustrated. I stepped out of the room for a moment to pray. I called out to the Lord with an eloquent prayer. “Lord, do something!” I went back into the room and it was totally quiet with every student working at their desk. I was stunned at how quickly He answered my prayer.
As I attended Bible College and church training seminars I learned the right way to pray and the right way to stand in faith and the right way to deal with adversity. In other words I complicated my relationship with the Lord. The “right” way usually prolonged my suffering and problems. Eventually I would call out to the Lord and He would save me.
Does this sound familiar? Why not keep it simple-hearted?
Prayer: “For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to me.