My grandchildren love to help me in the kitchen, just as their father was my helper when he was small enough to stand on a stool and struggle to keep all the flour in the mixing bowl. This variety of “help” usually requires a fair amount of work and patience on my part. It usually means sweeping up sprinkles and finding sticky fingerprints in odd places for days.
Perhaps this is why “Helper” is a word so easily misunderstood when we encounter it in scripture–particularly when it refers to God!
Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”Psalm 30:10
Make no mistake about it, David’s request is a plea for his life to be preserved. He is simply a man in deep need, and God is his last resort. Indeed, this is our position as well, and the wise among us are quick to acknowledge our need, to throw ourselves upon God’s mercy, to ask for divine help!
The wise among us are quick to acknowledge our need, to throw ourselves upon God’s mercy, to ask for divine help. “Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me! O Lord, be my helper!” (Psalm 30:10)Tweet
All around, we see people fall and know that we, too, are fallible. Even so, God promises to “provide strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). He is a “help against our adversaries” (Deuteronomy 33:7), particularly when we are fighting a spiritual battle.
C.H. Spurgeon summarizes Psalm 30:10 as “two gems of prayer; short, but full and needful.” He then goes on to give believers strong encouragement to give voice to our need:
In every duty,C.H. Spurgeon, Expositions of the Psalms (56)
in every conflict,
in every trial,
in every effort to promote the Lord’s cause,
in every season of prosperity,
in every hour we live,
this short and inspired prayer is suitable.
May it flow from our hearts, be often on our lips, and be answered in our experience.
For if the Lord help us, there is no duty which we cannot perform;
there is no foe which we cannot overcome;
there is no difficulty which we cannot surmount.”
Rejoicing in his help,
All around, we see people fall and know that we, too, are fallible. God promises to “provide strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).Tweet
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