The book of Psalms is full of honest emotion. King David, who authored many of the Psalms, spared no words as he talked openly about his feelings. God created us as emotional creatures and, as a result, we struggle with joy and fear and sadness. Sometimes all in the exact same minute!
One of the phrases that comes up frequently throughout these 150 chapters is “my help”. Often David, or another writer, says
“My help comes from… or Where is my help…. or Send me help”.
At times it feels a little like the ship at sea sending out a distress cry. Or a battalion waving the white flag of surrender. Circumstances in life can make us feel that way. We struggle to breathe, come up for air, or form a coherent thought, let alone make a decision. It takes a humbling to reach a place of saying “I need some help here”.
We cry out with the psalmist,
I lift my eyes to the hills, From where does my help come from? Psalms 121:1
In the few horrible times in my life I have been forced to sit at a doctors office to await medical tests, or sit by the side if a loved one fighting for breath, I have been struck with the quiet thought that I need help. People themselves can not solve our problems or even take them away. But God can do this. When I make that phone call and let another person know, through tears, that I can use prayer and maybe a steady person beside me, there is comfort.
The waiting for that person to arrive brings comfort and a sense of relief. Help is on its way. I no longer have to carry this burden alone. Someone is coming to my aide, and it brings a small sense of peace.
I often forget, however, that Jesus does this for us. Every single day. He is the one coming to our rescue. He is the one who rushes to our side, no matter the circumstance. He is the one we can call on first and foremost in any situation. We can take a deep breath and know that help is not only on the way, it is present.
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who sleeps will not slumber.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
Psalms 121: 2, 3 and 5
Where are you waiting for help to arrive today? Just ask. Help is acomin’!