Where do you go when you truly need help?
For much of my life, I turned to self-help books. I read parenting books, emotional health books, nutritional health books, and relationship books. My children will tell you that I also used the Bible as a self-help book.
I believe the Bible is the best instructional book for life; however, my children used to dread those mornings when I’d get up and say, “I couldn’t sleep last night and so, I spent time in the Word . . . we need to change X, Y, or Z.”
I was approaching it more as a list of rules than a grace-filled message of love.
In Psalm 5, David turned to the Lord for help once again…
- Hear my prayer. v. 1
- Listen to my cry. v. 2
- Lead me and show me Your way. v. 8
- Declare my enemies guilty and let them get caught in their own sins. v. 10
He freely took his fears and frustrations to the One He knew was able.
But then, he paused and added…
Let all who take refuge in You rejoice;Psalm 5:11–12
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread Your protection over them,
that all who love Your name may be filled with joy.
For You bless the godly, O Lord;
You surround them with your shield of love.
David turned his focus from his problems to the One whose love never fails—the One whom he trusted to guide, protect, and defend.
We have an enemy of our souls who attacks us daily.
Peter called him the one who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to devour us. (1 Peter 5:8)
Jesus called him a murderer and a liar. (John 8:44) And the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10)
John wrote that he is the accuser. (Revelation 12:10)
And Paul referred to him as the tempter. (1 Thessalonians 3:5)
He wants us to focus on our fears and frustrations. He wants us to depend on self-help worldly solutions to our problems because he is as Jesus called him “the prince of this world,” and worldly solutions will never truly defeat him.
But when, like David, we truly need help. We turn to our true Helper. Because when we take our fears and frustrations to the Lord and humbly ask Him for the help we need, He…
- helps to carry our burdens. (Matthew 11:28)
- strengthens and protects us. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
- fills us with His peace and joy. (Romans 14:17)
- And surrounds us with His love. (Psalm 33:22)
When You Truly Need Help – Pray
Father, thank you for inviting me to come to you when I need help. Your Word tells me, not to be anxious but to take my concerns to you in prayer. (Philippians 4:6) It invites me to surrender my cares to You because You care for me. (1 Peter 5:7) And Jesus said that when I bring my heavy burdens to Him, He will help me carry them. (Matthew 11:28)
You strengthen me when I am weak. Encourage me when I am disheartened. You give me peace when I am anxious. And You bless me with forgiveness, hope, purpose, joy, and unfailing love.
You are my refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1) and my help and shield (Psalm 33:20). I believe You will give me everything I need. I trust Your love and that You are at work in my life for my eternal good and Your glory.
I praise and worship You! I will keep my heart and mind focused on You and run to You when I truly need help. Please fill me with Your Spirit and help me live each day for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
David talked to God often about the battles he was facing . . . about his struggles with the wickedness around him.
Physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual . . . you and I deal with persistent attacks from the enemy. Our attempts at self-help will not defeat him. There is nothing we can do on our own to win those difficult battles.
But God… (How I love those two words!)
But God promises:
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:11–12
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.James 4:7
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.Hebrews 4:16
When the battle is hard and you need help go to God.
Ask Him to hear your prayer and listen to your cries. Ask Him to lead you and show you the way. And thank Him for being your Helper . . . the One who has already won the victory. He is able to give you and me everything we need for every difficulty we face.
May God bless you, strengthen you, protect you, and fill you with peace and joy.
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