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In 1923, a senior radio officer, Frederick Stanley Mockford, in Croydon Airport in London, England was asked to think of one word that would be easy to understand for all pilots in the event of an emergency. Much of the air traffic he was dealing with was between Croydon and Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France. He came up with the somewhat unique word “Mayday”, the anglicized spelling of the French word “m’aider” which means “help me”. When using Mayday in a distress call, it is repeated it 3 times in a row, “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” to make it easily distinguishable from a similar sounding phrase.
In the 18th Psalm David is under distress and cries out to the Lord. Verses 4 & 5, “The cords of death encompassed me; and the torrents of ungodliness terrified me. The cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.” (NAS) So David issues his “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” call to the Lord. (Verse 6) “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.” (NAS)
So how does David know the Mayday was heard by the Lord? Verses 7-16 is the Lord’s response which in part said, “Then the earth shook and quaked; and the foundations of the mountains were trembling, and were shaken, because He was angry.”
Are the pressures of your daily grind getting you down? Stress at home? Stress at Work? Are you ready to issue your distress call “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” to the Lord? Read Psalms 18 and see how the Lord will deliver you. Make it a Pray-day not a May-day!
Think about it
King David’s response to the Lord’s deliverance from his enemies and death?
“He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.” (Verse 17)
“For by You I can run upon a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall.” (Verse 29)
“The LORD lives, blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of my salvation” (Verse 46)