The Lord graciously and mercifully teaches us in the Bible that He – God almighty! – is near to those who what? CALL UPON HIM!
“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” Psalms 145:18
But note in this marvelously comforting verse that it does not merely say He is near to those who call upon Him. It goes on to say that He is near to those who call upon Him in what? IN TRUTH!
More and more in my daily study of the Bible do I notice words like “in truth” and “in sincerity.” These words are significant, friend! We must not gloss over them when we see them!
Why would the Lord compel us to call upon Him IN TRUTH? What is the significance? I believe He is revealing to us that He wants us to CRY OUT TO HIM with real genuineness, with utter sincerity, calling out to Him with humble, desperate, hungry hearts thirsty for Him and His will and ways and provision including more of His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, hope, peace, promises, fellowship, healing, and joy!
The Pharisees whom the Lord often rebuked were known for putting on appearances and loving the praises of the people. They even prayed to put on a show. The Lord is not looking for a show! He is not interested in appearances! He is seeking a people who will worship Him in what? “in spirit and in truth”. And who will call upon Him how? IN TRUTH!
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
No shows. No appearances. No man-made traditions. No human-crafted religious practices. No trying to get attention from those watching us. No pretending to praise, worship, and pray to God. No calling on Him with our hearts far from Him. God said this:
“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” Isaiah 29:13
The Lord desires love, reverence, honor, holiness, purity, humility, sincerity, genuineness, realness, TRUTH!
Call upon the Lord the way He desires. IN TRUTH! Draw ever nearer to the Lord! And may the Lord God almighty draw ever nearer to you! Amen!