Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to Your mercy: Psalm 109:26
In this psalm, David finds himself in great distress and cries out to be saved. In his cry he uses the word “help.” The word help is a small word with great meaning, but it means little to those who are not in distress. Distress takes many forms and it can vary within the different seasons of one’s life. This small word “help” is a wonderful expression in the time of need.
As David calls out for help he directs it to none other than to the only One who has the ability to save him from the very source of his problem. David’s distress was so great in his life that no arm of flesh could help him. No man, nor group of men, could grant the help he needed. Therefore, knowing the mercy of God, David cries out for help. He knew that his help could only come from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. It is the LORD who never slumbers nor sleeps and would be David’s keeper and shade from the sun by day, and the darkness of moon by night. It is the LORD who would preserve David’s soul from all evil at all times, even for evermore (Psalm 121).
Dear child of God, as the pressures of life comes upon us and as distress befalls us the good news is that the LORD God has plenteous mercy if we but come to Him asking for help. Our friends and family may not fully understand, but God always does. In fact, while our Lord Jesus walked this earth He had the same temptations we do, though he never once gave way to them and sinned. This gives us great confidence to come to the LORD for help because there is no problem too big and there is no crisis too difficult that the LORD cannot relate to or handle. Oh, that our nation would know and practice this truth!
Obviously our nation is in distress, whether its the debate over kneeling or standing, supporting or separating, regardless the only help that has been proven to heal all divisions every time, is the help that only comes from God to those who honor Him. For any healing to occur in our lives, whether it is individual or national, we must come and acknowledge the LORD God in all His greatness and call upon Him for help. Then and only then do we find God showing mercy. The LORD God has an inexhaustible, unlimited, infinite supply of mercy and grace. Therefore we should “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
This little word has a great impact upon the heart of God for those who let go of pride and simply ask for “help.“
David C. Hale, pastor