The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. Psalm 118:7 NIV
As I stood at the front of my church sanctuary last month soaking in the wonderful worship song, I felt the pressure of a hand against my back. It stayed gently and warmly present during the song. Strange to say, when I finally turned around, there was no one there.
That encounter carried a special significance for me: I was struggling with a problem that Sunday, and the previous week my counselor had described my own parental help to my teenage daughter as a gently, supportive hand upon her back.
God was reminding me that He is my helper. “People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.” Isaiah 30: 19
My goal as I write this post is to keep it very simple:
God wants to help us.
Let’s ask Him.
Let’s receive it.
Of course, the manner in which His assistance comes varies with the way we hear Him and with the form of our present need.
If we are …
Confused – He gives wisdom
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
Tired out/Weak – He gives strength
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29
Hateful/resentful – He gives tender heartedness
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Troubled/Grieving – He gives solace
“But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14
Self-loathing – he gives forgiveness
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7
Fearful – he gives peace of mind
“So we say with confidence,’“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’” Hebrews 13:6
Let’s believe and receive the help from the best Source of all!
My prayer today for you and for me: “May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.” Psalm 20:2