cry unto the LORD

Joel 1


Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders [and] all the inhabitants of the land [into] the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,

Worms were eating the plants and the fruit trees and grapevines were withering. The people lacked grain including wheat and barely. They were short of figs, apples, and pomegranates. They were running out of wine, food oil, and even water. The cattle and sheep were starving. That sounds like an economic crisis to me.

They had a war and a food crisis, and the joy and gladness were taken away. It was time to lament, weep, and howl. Most of all, it was time to call on the Lord.


O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.
We should cry to the Lord for the serious problems the Lord's people have.

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