“Help, Lord! For the godly are no more.” Psalm 12:1
The prayer itself is remarkable, for it is short, seasonable, pithy, and suggestive. David mourned the fewness of godly men, and therefore lifted up his heart in supplication. When the creature failed, he flew to the Creator! He evidently felt his own weakness–or he would not have cried for help.
There is much of directness, clearness of perception, and distinctness of utterance in this petition of two words; much more, indeed, than in the long rambling outpourings of certain professors. The Psalmist runs straight-forward to his God, with a well-considered prayer; he knows what he is seeking, and where to seek it. Lord, teach us to pray in the same blessed manner.
The occasions for the use of this prayer are frequent:
In providential afflictions, how suitable it is for tried believers who find all helpers failing them.
In doctrinal difficulties, may often obtain aid by lifting up this cry of “Help, Lord!” to the Holy Spirit, the great Teacher.
Spiritual warriors in inward conflicts may send to the throne for reinforcements, and this will be a model for their request.
Workers in heavenly labor may thus obtain grace in time of need.
Seeking sinners, in doubts and alarms, may offer up the same weighty supplication.
In fact, in all cases, times, and places, this prayer will serve the turn of needy souls.
“Help, Lord!” will suit us . . .
living and dying,
suffering or laboring,
rejoicing or sorrowing.
In Him our help is found–let us not be slack to cry to Him.
The answer to the prayer is certain, if it is sincerely offered through Jesus. The Lord’s character assures us that He will not leave His redeemed people; His gift of Jesus is a pledge of every good thing. His promise stands sure, “Fear not–I will help you!” Isaiah 41:13
“I cry to you for help, O Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you!” Psalm 88:13
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