by Tammy Phillips
June 5, 2020
Give us help from trouble, For the help of man [is] useless. -Psalm 60:11 NKJV
With all due respect to God, our talks with God should be like David’s, honest and to the point:
Give us help from trouble.
Give us help from distress.
Give us help from affliction.
Give us help from depression.
Give us help from oppression.
Give us help from anguish.
Give us help from being bound up.
Give us help from being shut up.
Give us help from being tied up.
Give us help from being pressed hard upon.
Give us help from being cramped.
Give us help from being squeezed.
Give us help from the tight place.
Trouble is a word that encompasses a lot. The Hebrew definition means all the things listed above. David’s words are poignant and to the point. David recognizes that man is useless and cannot help him. In Psalm 121:2 NKJV, David reveals the Author of his and our deliverance: “My help [cometh] from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”
Do you boldly address God like David? He uses an imperative verb to call God to action. And, multiple times in the Psalms, David directs God “to make haste to help him”. There is no other translation for make haste than HURRY. Have you EVER urged God to hurry up? David is not shy in his requests to God:
But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me! (Psalm 22:19 NKJV)
Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!(Psalm 38:21-22 NKJV)
Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. (Psalm 40:13 KJV)
But I [am] poor and needy; [Yet] the LORD thinks upon me. You [are] my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God. (Psalm 40:17 NKJV)
I enCOURAGE you to be bold and courageous. Employ God to help you through your trouble. As much as I would like to help, I am useless compared to Him. Be brave; ask God to hurry up. Remember, He is seldom in a hurry, but never late. Lastly, when you ask the Lord to take action, be prepared to do what He asks in return.