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Friday, 4 October 2013

God is my helper.

God is my helper! If it were not written in the bible I might have believed that to say such a thing would be blasphemous. In fact I am sure that for some religions to be so familiar with their god it would be declared to be a blasphemy against him. For others all that they want of their god is for him to help them in their time of need. Indeed that is true of some adherants to the God of the bible.

I have always majored my thoughts of God on His omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence. He is of course Almighty God, Holy and Righteous in every way. He is sinless and perfect, awesome and fearsome. We think of people like Moses who had to be shielded when in the presence of God due to the danger of immediate death by being in God's perfect presence even though Moses was declared to be a friend of God's.

It is therefore a paradox to find that God can be called a helper to us who believe in Him.

Where do I get this idea from?

PSALM 121:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Whenever I have considered this passage in the past I have majored on the fact that it is a Psalm of ascents which means that it was sung by pilgrim Israelites on their way to Jerusalem. As they approached the city they would see it surrounded by impressive hils. The Psalm was to remind them that it was not the city or the hills that was important but that God was so much greater than either man's creation or even the creation of God Himself.

It was only recently that I fully noticed verse 2; my help comes from the LORD. Yayweh is the name of the Lord Almighty and it is He that declares that He is our Helper.

When we consider helpers we often think of the toddler wearing the tee shirt "mommie's little helper." The one I like the best is "Grandpa's little helper" due to having now three delightful grandchildren who I would love to have as helpers any day of the week.

This all begs the question: "In what way does God help His people?"

The Psalm tells us that He helps us in at least 4 ways:

1) He helps us tirelessly. In verse 3 He declares that He never slumbers or sleeps. He is alert 24/7 to our needs.

2) He keeps us. Verse 5a: Like a zoo keeper looks afetr his animals best interest at all times so our God keeps us. He looks after our best interest.

3) He protests us. Verse 5-7: He protects us from all that life will throw at us. Nothing will take us out of His protecting hand.

4) He is with us in our daily routine. Verse 8: Always from now and forevermore, going out or coming in God is with us.

He is our Holy, almighty and perfest Helper. He is God to us.

As we look to the great creation let it remind us of Him, that is what Psalm 121 declares to us.

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