Call upon Me

(Newman Hall, “Leaves of Healing
from the Garden of Grief”  1891)

Call upon Me in the day of trouble,
and I will deliver you.” Psalm 50:15

If God is willing to help us, who can stay His hand? Call upon Me
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain
and hill be made low. Fountains shall spring up in
the wilderness, and a path is opened through the
great waters. In His hands are the hearts of all men.
He can thwart the malice of foes, or make our enemies
be at peace with us. He who rescued Israel from
Egypt, and Jerusalem from Sennacherib, and Daniel
from the lions, is still as able to remove from His
children every bitter cup–or give them grace to
drink it.

Call upon Me in the day of trouble,
and I will deliver you.” Psalm 50:15

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(John MacDuff, “The Thoughts of God”)

“Do not be afraid…I will help you! says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 41:14

…What weakness, insignificance, unworthiness! Yet it is our helpless which occupies the thoughts of God — receives His sympathy, and has the assurance of His almighty aid!

…Mark His message of comfort, “Do not be afraid!” Mark His promise, “I will help you!” The guarantee which He gives for the fulfillment of that promise, is His own great name; “says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

“I Myself will help you!” Yes, poor, weak, trembling one, “Jehovah”, “your Redeemer”, “the Holy One of Israel” — in other words, Omnipotence, Love, and Righteousness, are all embarked on your side, and pledged for your salvation!

He loves to draw near to His people in the extremity of their weakness. “He will not break the bruised reed; He will not quench the smoking flax.”


Be it mine to go in the strength of the Lord God. “I will help you!” is enough for all the emergencies of the present; and all the contingencies of an untried, and, it may be, a dark future. “But happy are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”
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