A tiny Vietnamese baby named Trang had trouble breathing one night. Her parents took her to the hospital, where she was eventually diagnosed with a hole in her heart. She needed immediate surgery to save her life, but the medical expertise wasn’t available in Vietnam and the family had no money to take her abroad. Christian friends began to spread the word. Within days, thousands of believers around the globe were praying for baby Trang. Financial support poured in, and quickly the family was on its way to Thailand for the life-saving operation. Today, baby Trang is a normal girl, growing, healthy, and happy!
God answers prayer! This is part of His awesome and trustworthy greatness (vv. 1–7). In today’s psalm, this is expressed through imperative verbs, those that give us commands. We and “all the earth” are summoned to praise Him for His wonderful attributes (v. 1). The invitation to “come and see what God has done” is a joy to His people but a warning to the rebellious (v. 5).
God’s faithfulness can be seen in how He kept His promises to His people (vv. 8–12). He opened the Red Sea for Israel to pass through. He saved them and freed them from slavery in Egypt. He led them in the wilderness, testing and refining them spiritually. He allowed defeats and other negative experiences, but in the end He gave victory and brought the people to “a place of abundance” (v. 12).
God’s greatness can also be seen at a personal level, in how He answered the psalmist’s own prayers (vv. 13–20). When in trouble, he called on the Lord; the Lord had responded, and now it was time to joyfully fulfill vows made then. These involved purifying his heart, praising God, and proclaiming to others His love. Why does God answer prayer? Because He loves His children and delights in giving good gifts to them (cf. Matt. 7:7–11).