The Journey and Our Help Along the Way

Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

(Psalm 124:8)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You have not only made us and You do not only provide for us food and clothing, but You are the One who is always there for us. You are our Helper, our Comforter, our Guide, especially when life’s journey gets rough. Protect us, O God we pray. Keep us, provide for us, and lead us through the storms of life. Be our Peace and Calm — a very present Help in times of need. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Every now and then we find ourselves in a situation that rocks our boat — more or less heavily. Life, which used to be so secure, at least so we thought, becomes fragile. We run toward various places, online and offline; we seek counsel from all sorts of people, believers and unbelievers as well; and we are following many different directions, which may or may not be helpful at all.

Isn’t it sad how we, as Christians, claiming that our God is a great God, usually run to Him as our last resource? How many things have we tried before doing so? Just how many people have we asked, or considered asking, for help before we think of praying to the great I AM?

Matthew Henry, commenting on verses 1-5 of Psalm 124, writes:

1 “God was on our side; he took our part, espoused our cause, and appeared for us. He was our helper, and a very present help, a help on our side, nigh at hand. He was with us, not only for us, but among us, and commander-in-chief of our forces.”
2 That God was Jehovah; there the emphasis lies. “If it had not been Jehovah himself, a God of infinite power and perfection, that had undertaken our deliverance, our enemies would have overpowered us.” Happy the people, therefore, whose God is Jehovah, a God all-sufficient. Let Israel say this, to his honour, and resolve never to forsake him.

Israel had just been saved from Egypt, but how many times, while in the wilderness, did the people doubt that God would care and provide for them?

How many times, after our salvation and while going through a lean time on our journey, do we doubt that God would care and provide for us?

Precious one, if your life’s journey is pointing toward the wilderness today, do not despair! Take your Bible and read of God’s mighty acts. Remember what He has done. Start at the very beginning, reminding yourself that it is He who has made the heaven and the earth and everything in it — including you, dear one. Look back to remind yourself how He has worked in your life before; then, looking ahead, remind yourself that you are a child of the God who is able to perform — including that miracle that you might so desperately need this day.

Know that your help is of the LORD today.

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