A Journey Through Psalm 119: Help

Psalm 119:145-152
145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.
150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.
152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

God is as near to us as His Word.  His Word tells us that He is a very present help in trouble.  It promises that He hears our cries, every cry, even the ones that no one knows about, the ones we can barely give voice to.  He hears the groanings within our hearts that recognize that we are finite and small and weak and that what we have isn’t enough.  Because what we have isn’t enough.  We need so much and so desperately what only God can give us.

There is one sure source of hope that we can have and hold for ourselves.  There is a place we can go for answers.  There is help in the depths and in the dark.  It comes from what God has to say to us, what we can know so surely as the truth and what can be our truth.  It comes from who God is and who we can know Him to be, because He is loving and kind, merciful and full of grace, wisdom, power, and patience.  He is with us, our Creator who made us, sustains us, and is invested in us.

God’s Word tells us that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  And His Word never leaves us, either.  We can trust that all of God’s promises endure forever, that everything He says applies always.  His testimonies were founded to last forever.  He gave them with that in mind, with that intention.  So we always have them to cling to.  We always have God to depend on in any situation.  So let us cry to Him, turn to Him, and trust that He is near.

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