Help

We all need help.  No one can live life alone, do life alone. We are beings of community.  We are made in the image of a God that three in one, made in the image of a God that is in His very nature relationship.

We can’t stand alone, we can’t live alone, we can’t survive alone.

Now, we can try.  We can try to live alone, but we will never find peace in that.  We all need help.  I thought about our need for help today when I was reading one of the Psalms for this morning, Psalm 38.  Listen to what it says in verses 17-22:

17Truly, I am on the verge of falling,*
and my pain is always with me.
18I will confess my iniquity *
and be sorry for my sin.
19Those who are my enemies without cause are mighty,*
and many in number are those who wrongfully hate me.
20Those who repay evil for good slander me, *
because I follow the course that is right.
21O LORD, do not forsake me;*
be not far from me, O my God.
22Make haste to help me,*
O Lord of my salvation.

8127283172_d2c090a7f8_bHelp me God.  God is our main source of help, our main strength, our main hope.  And we have to, we must, turn to Him when we feel overwhelmed.  He is our rock, our shield, our defender.  He is our hope.

He is our all in all.

One of the many reasons why I love Psalms is just how honest they are.  When you read this passage, you read the words of someone in anguish.  Someone hurting, someone one broken, someone in pain.

And what do they do in that moment?  They cry out to God.  Help.  Help me.  I need you.

Help.

That is the Psalmist’s cry this morning.  Help.  Is that ours?  Do we turn to God in our pain, our hurt, our loss?  Or do we turn to something else?   That “other” will never be able to help us in our pain like God will.

Today, in our pain, where do we turn for help?

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