Text: “Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; Lord, be Thou my Helper.”
Text: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded; they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.”
Good morning, God-enabled Christian! Without Divine enablement from the Lord God Whom we love and seek to serve, you and I could not serve Him as He determines us to serve Him. We would fail, and fall, and falter, and come to nought. It is God’s enabling power that upholds us as we seek to faithfully serve the risen Christ Jesus.
“I am the Vine, ye are the branches; he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without Me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Psalm 30: is, therefore, a song of dedication to God for His ever-given mercy, and His ever-present help. Praise His altogether lovely Name!
“God is our Refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the sea.” (Psalm 46:1-2)
If you and I are serous about serving our Lord God Who has redeemed us with His own precious and sinless Blood, then we are promised much opposition; much heartache; much oppression; and much hindrance. Fact.
“Yea, and all those that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:12-13)
In Spiritual terms, it is a clear case of ‘no pain, no gain’, Christian friend!
In earthly terms, men risk their very lives to make material gain - they burrow deep down into the earth’s bowels and risk life and limb to extract gold, silver, and diamonds to sell on the world’s market places to enhance their personal wealth.
How much more should you and I risk everything we have in order to enhance Christ’s Kingdom here on earth, before that great and terrible day of His Return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah? What a momentous day that will be! Hallelujah! ‘Even so, Come, Lord Jesus, the Spirit and the Bride say Come!’ (Revelation 22:16-21)
“Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; Lord, be Thou my Helper.” (Psalm 30:10)
The Holy Ghost inspired Scriptures teach us that we can do nothing good or positive without Christ dwelling within us, and we know, both from faith and practical experience, that this Divine law is truth. However, those same precious, God-breathed, Scriptures teach us that with the Lord as our Divine Helper, we can do all things!
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Verse 10. “Lord be Thou my Helper. Another compact, expressive, ever-fitting prayer. It is suitable to hundreds of the cases of the Lord’s people; it is well becoming in the minister when he is going to preach; to the sufferer upon the bed of pain, to the toiler in the field of service, to the believer under temptation, to the man of God under adversity; when God helps, difficulties vanish.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 147)
Verse 10. “Hear, O Lord. The only prayer that the Lord does not hear, is the prayer that is not being prayed! We cannot expect a Divine answer to prayers that are not being voiced.
However, God will not hear - will point-blankly and justly refuse to hear - the prayer that is prayed while harbouring ‘hidden sin’ or selfish iniquity in the heart of the one making the petition.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me.” (Psalm 66:18-20)
It is totally unreasonable, even in human terms, to expect a Holy and just Lord God Almighty to both hear and answer prayers that are prayed in opposition to His own Sovereign will and Eternal purpose. The Lord cannot both teach us to be unselfish in nature, and hear and answer selfishly motivated prayers. God’s Sovereign will is written out for us, in God’s Holy and inspired Word. Read the Word - know God’s will.
The Lord has not saved you and me in order to then leave us to our own devices. The Lord God has saved us to fulfil His Eternal purpose, and if we are seeking to do His will, He will at all times grant us His Divine help to accomplish His purpose for us.
Thought: Whatever hardship we may be enduring at present, the Lord has promised to help us overcome it in His strength and power and grace. Stand up, Christian soldier! God’s powerful help is on its way. (Acts 1:8)