The Sufficient Help of the Lord
Psalm 54:4 “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”
I awoke today and went outside to a spectacular day with sunny skies and mild temperatures. I soaked the sun in as I played a round of golf in God’s perfect creation of his world. I meditated on how great God is and how awesome his love for all men is as well. When we enjoy our moments of life in the presence of God, it is a wonderful blessing and fully deserving of praise because I know it reaffirms in my mind four great truths about God that are unshakable with me:
- God is here – God’s awesome presence envelops us and his help is always available to us through prayer as we seek his face.
- God hears – God hears our prayers and listens to the words of our mouth.
- God will help – God is faithful in all circumstances, at all times, with all people to help us in our present need when we call out in sincere faith to him in prayer.
- God’s help is always sufficient – God’s help is timely, effective, and reliable and SUFFICIENT!
Psalm 54 is a gem of a psalm because it shows us much about the mind of David, whose bent of character was to always call on God for help in the extremity of his need, and be absolutely confident that God would rise up and provide for that need. That’s how all of us need to think and behave as God operates in our lives with unquenchable power and grace. In Psalm 54, David has been under great stress as King Saul is tracking him down to kill him as he hides in the hills of the Desert of Ziph, when the Ziphites treacherously betray David’s location to Saul. King Saul immediately set out for David’s location to seize and kill him, but David prayed and God heard his prayer and reached down to help David. As Saul was closing in, a messenger told Saul that the Philistines were raiding the land, which caused Saul to break off his pursuit of David.
Time and time again this was the account of David’s life: aware of his presence, seeking his help, receiving his help, and that help being fully sufficient for its intended purposes. David was absolutely confident in God’s ability to respond to any circumstance of his life. That’s the way David lived, and we too are called to that same pattern of life. As with David and so with us as when we are delivered, we choose to sacrifice gift offerings of service to others and prayerful praise to God. When our attitude of heart is always primed to seek God’s sufficient help and be confident it will come, then we know we are living the blessed life.
TODAY, FATHER, I WILL BE AWARE OF YOUR PRESENCE, SEEK YOUR HELP, AND BE CONFIDENT THAT YOUR HELP WILL BE SUFFICIENT FOR MY NEED EVERY TIME. AMEN!
The Sufficient Help of the Lord with Mike White @ Summit church of Christ
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