God Is Close To The Poor And Needy
1 Hasten, O God, to save me;
come quickly, Lord, to help me.
2 May those who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
3 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.
4 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The Lord is great!”
5 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Lord, do not delay.
Most of us, when faced with an issue, generally cry out, “save me now!”, rather than “It’s OK, Lord. I’ll be fine. When you have the time, would you please take a look at my situation? I’ve got all the time in the world…” When we are in need, our need is usually immediate. Even David, in his prayers to God in the Psalms, cries out for immediate aid from His Creator. It is perfectly OK to cry out for immediate assistance. God knows that we are but a mist, here today and gone tomorrow. Be authentic with God; let Him know just how desperate You are for His help. God already knows, and appreciates the honesty.
God has said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” Each of us has, in our hearts, a great desire to see justice fulfilled. Most of us want to see it fall upon others rather than upon us. We seek to have any and all slights and wrongdoings righted immediately. Yet God is full of mercy and grace. He sent His one and only Son to die for us on the cross while we were yet His enemies. How much more, then should we desire mercy and grace for others?
And yet, here David cries out for his enemies to be put in shame and confusion, and to be turned back in disgrace. David understood that his cause was just, and he greatly desired to see justice, as well as mete it out. It is OK to desire justice and to ask God for it. When we are yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit, we are doubly troubled when injustice comes upon us. This is both a test to grow in patience, mercy and grace, as well as an opportunity to grow in the desire to see justice from the perspective of a holy and just God.
In everything, we are to give praise. David reminds us here that we are to rejoice in God, and to praise Him who saves us from our troubles. Praise for Almighty God should always be on our lips. Even Job, stripped of his wealth, health, and everything he held dear, upon hearing of the loss, put on the ashes of grieving, but immediately praised and worshiped God, the one who provided him with all that he had and all that he was. We must always remember that the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away – blessed be the name of the Lord.
Declare your Desperation
It takes humility to come ask for help from anyone. It is no different with God. David declares his dependence upon and need for help from the One who provides for him and can help him in every situation. David declared his desperation for God’s help by rightly declaring that he is poor and needy:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
3 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.”
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Do we declare our unconditional dependence upon Almighty God to Him in humility and with regularity?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You and You alone are able to deliver me from my troubles. I declare my complete and total dependence upon You, for You are the one who created me and provide all things for me. It is You, O Lord, that deliver me out of my sins and from all of my troubles. It is You, Lord God, who are able to overcome the impossible and bring glory to Your name in the most difficult of circumstances. Remember me this day, Father; act divinely on behalf of Your servant. Grant me to victory from my enemies. Put them to shame, Lord God, who seek my ruination when I have done nothing wrong. Deliver me from their clutches, and reveal to the world Your mighty Right Hand when You deliver me so that the world may praise and glorify Your name. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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