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September 22, 2013

Text:  “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.”  Psalms 54:4

Life is a difficult struggle.  Trials and hardships  are challenging and real. Making a living is strenuous. Various troubles come and go after humbling and hurting. Human beings are vulnerable and weak. It is needful that  men have a counterpart to share  their labors and sorrows as well as their successes and enterprises.

David King of Judah was a man who experienced many personal crises, political reverses, and tests of character. King Saul was stung by David’s popularity and sought to kill his successor. After becoming king, David committed adultery with Bathsheba , then tried to cover his guilt by arranging her husband’s death. This series of wrongdoings brought punishment from God. David’s child with Bathsheba died as God was displeased with the indiscretion. Absalom, David’s cherished son, led a rebellion to dethrone his father. There was much more, as the Bible informs. However, read the Psalms that David wrote and you will see that David constantly and consistently besought God for help. “Make haste, O God to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me.” Psalms 70:1

To be sure, mankind has a divine helper. God is man’s omnipotent helper. He stands ready to assist you in every crisis.  Listen to the psalmist: “For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints…” Psalms 37:28a  As to his ability to provide a strong and ready helping hand: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work in us.” Ephesians 3:20  No situation is beyond the powers of God.  “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39 You can not overlook the help that is God.

Jesus is our divine benefactor, assisting us in all phases of our lives. His invitation states, “Come unto me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly  in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28 Jesus calls himself the “good shepherd”. in John 14. Then he shows his providence to his sheep (Christians). “Truly, truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep…I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10: 7,9  Peter told those of Cornelius’ house about Jesus: “He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” Acts 10:38b  In Jesus’ life and heart we see great abundance of love, mercy, kindness, goodness, empathy, tenderness, humility and meekness. We see helpfulness in Jesus; let us be willing to ask for his provident help in our lives.

Jesus promised his disciples a helper who would come to them  after he returned to heaven. In the Farewell Discourse (John 14-17, ESV) Jesus calls him (The Holy Spirit) by the term “Helper” three times. (Older versions translated the term “Comforter”). The Greek word means one who comes to the sufferer’s side to encourage, advise and console. Here are some of his tasks. He certifies we are children of God. (Romans 8: 14-17) He mediates our prayers to God. (Romans 8:26b) He provides a seal that shows we are heirs of God. (Ephesians 1:22) And he sanctifies us (makes us holy). (II Corinthians 2:13)

Understanding all of these traits and powers, How could we not ask for God’s help?

“The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalms 9:9

One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    Your opening is masterful–a beginning blanket statement and then specifics. Then you just keep opening it up. Thanks. LS

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