Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

Help!

Psalm 124:8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Being the parents of school aged children, my wife and I find ourselves telling our kids that, “It’s ok to ask for help.”  Usually, this comes in response to frustration or confusion beginning to boil up and out of the child’s soul due to failure to understand and grasp a situation at hand.  I am very confident that anyone who has dealt with children in any capacity has uttered these same words.

The truth is that failure to grasp a situation at hand doesn’t end in childhood.  All through life we can be dealing with situations, trials, circumstances that we just don’t understand.  How we respond to these circumstances is very important.  If you are now going through a trial, sickness, hardship, confusion, temptation that has you just wanting to emotionally boil up and over; may I suggest…that it is ok to ask for help!

Even David asked, “I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come from?”  As the Israelites pilgrimed to Jerusalem, maybe they would lift up their eyes to the hills around them. Hills that seemed overwhelming or could be shading an attacker.  Maybe they thought, “This is an awfully lonely place; where would my help come from?”

It is no different for us today.  As we make our pilgrimage through this life there will, no doubt, be times we are feeling helpless.  Trying to fix that helplessness on our own, or thinking we can figure it out with time may just lead to deeper frustration.  Peter taught us the importance of not carrying our cares, as he says in I Peter 5:6,7 — “Humble yourselves, therefore under the mighty hand of God…casting all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.”  In Psalm 55, David encourages us to “cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you.” 

In the scripture above, Psalm 124:1 states, “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side …we would have been given over to the enemy, our souls would have been washed over and swept away.”  Then he ends with giving credit where it belongs, “Blessed be the LORD.” It reminds us ask the LORD for help.

 

It is a good reminder to know that in every circumstance in life that we may encounter, its ok to ask for help.  Ask for help from the LORD GOD, creator of all things.  As Psalm 121 starts and 124 finishes we are taught that “my help comes from the LORD, (our help is in the name of the LORD), who made heaven and earth.”  Praise the LORD.  The help we ask for in prayer comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth, and therefore no other power can hinder it.  It is the LORD who will work through you to get the victory. Know that Jesus cares and wants to hear from you in times of need.  Jesus encourage burdened souls to come to Him, promising that He will give them rest (help).  Our help to maintain and overcome, comes from the LORD.