Help, I Need Somebody Help!

Last week we talked about admitting that we can’t make it on our own. Even the best of us needs assistance from family or friends from time to time and most certainly we can all point to moments where divine intervention is necessary. That’s where the psalmist is when he asks God to hear his prayer (Psalm 86).

Today, we continue looking at what happens when we go to God for help. For the sake of this discussion let’s see God as a mapmaker. The assumption is that God designs the map for the journey of our lives. Logically then it makes sense to go to the map designer if we need help making our way in the map of our life.

As mentioned before it is essential that we ask for help. We cry out to God because he cares and knows best how to help. Letting him direct our journey isn’t just smart, it’s life-giving and infuses our life with purpose and joy.

Being on the right path is only part of the journey. Knowing how best to handle the obstacles, unseen curves, steep climbs and variety of people we encounter comes from applying the decrees of God. Psalm 119 goes on and on about how lovely the laws of God are and why it’s best to follow them. In verse 133 we read, “Establish my steps in your word.”  You see, improper boundaries can be confusing, arbitrary boundaries can be stifling, and legalistic boundaries can be absolutely oppressive; but boundaries that are well thought out, set-up with strength, wisdom and love can be amazingly freeing.

However, sometimes we misstep and go astray, then the problems we encounter are of our own making. At these times we might expect God to turn a deaf ear or just walk away, but he doesn’t. He hears our cries just as he did in ancient times when the Psalmist cried out, “Let your compassion meet our needs because we are on the brink of despair.” (Psalm 79:8) In the context of the Psalm we see that previous generations had caused the current predicament, but God still listened, heard and responded.

Finally, when we get back on track and resume the journey it can be scary. Past experiences or the “advice” of others can make us gun-shy. Knowing who we are is very important at these times. We are the loved children of God. His desires for you are to prosper you, to accomplish his will and glorify himself in the process. The kind of protection we need is the kind that keeps our soul safe. We may face times of physical pain or mental anguish, but we can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the very essence of who we are – our soul is protected by our heavenly Father. In Psalm 16 we hear this request for safe keeping. “Protect me God because I take refuge in you. I say to the Lord, you are my Lord and apart from you I have nothing good.” 

God’s good at keeping his promises!

H.E.L.P.

  • Hear O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy – Psalm 86:1
  • Establish My Steps in your word. – Psalm 119:133
  • Let your compassion quickly meet our needs because we are on the brink of despair. – Psalm 79:8
  • Protect me God because I take refuge in you. I say to the Lord, you are my Lord, apart from you I have nothing good. – Psalm 16:1

Songs from Sunday – 2/4/18

All My Hope – David Crowder

For The Cross – Brian & Jenn Johnson

It Is Well – Kristene DiMarco

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