Thursday, July 30

Lord, help!

Scripture: Isaiah 63-64, Psalm 107, John 2

Psalm 107:2 Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.

Psalm 107:6, 13, 19, 28 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress.

Psalm 107:43 Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.

Observation

Psalm 107 celebrates God’s faithful love and rescue, and encourages us to speak out and tell others!

The psalmist uses four examples: being lost and homeless in a wilderness; being imprisoned because of your sin;  being deathly sick because of your sin; being tossed in a deadly storm at sea.  In each example, they cried in their trouble, “Lord, help!” and God rescued them from their distress.

The psalmist ends by encouraging us to look at our history and see the faithful love of the Lord.

Application

Two applications:

First, this is a great prayer: “Lord, help!”  It’s simple and honest—and God hears and answers it.  I’m not suggesting that God pulls us out of every scrape, that we are rescued every time.  But often, God chooses to answer that prayer by saving us.  And of course, in Jesus, He has saved us eternally.  This is the simplest version of “the sinner’s prayer.”  (See also Luke 18:9-14)

If you’re struggling, pray this simple prayer.  “Lord, help!”  I pray it often.  I’m praying it over my life, over our church, and over our nation in these difficult days.  It comforts me to call on the Lord, knowing that He hears and answers our cry.  And if ever we needed God’s help, it’s now!  (Although, I suppose we could say that any time!)

Second, remember the times God has rescued you.  We have short memories.  We tend to think, “What have you done for me lately?” And we forget all that He has done for us over our history.  God intervened for Israel in big ways, and often they forgot within weeks, months or a few years.  We are no different.  It’s why we need to remember and then proclaim.  Telling others helps us remember, and helps them have faith that God will come to their aid as well.

Take a moment and think of some times recently or in the past when God has heard your cry and come to help you.  Then thank Him—and tell someone else!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for all the times You’ve saved us—especially saving us forever in Jesus.  Remind me when I’m in trouble to turn to you first and cry for help!