THE PRAYERS OF DAVID - HELP FROM ABOVE

Texts: "Be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me"(Psalm 22:19)
"Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake" (Psalm 44:26)

These scriptures amidst many other ones list the prayers of David for divine help. Other scriptures include Psalm 121:1 where David declared that he will look to God as the ultimate source of his help in life, its the same sentiment that was expressed in Psalm 124:8, "Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth". God is the ultimate source of our help and it is to him that we look to all the time.

Praying for divine help is one of the common themes or prayers you will find in the Psalms and like every other prayer we have studied so far, this prayer was more emphasized in the Psalms than any other portion of the bible. So let's do our quick word counts through the Bible(the King James version),117 times the word HELP was used in the scripture and 40 times out of this usage was in the PSALMS. This means that 30% of the times the word HELP was used in the scripture was in the Psalms. And compared to other usages of the word in other parts of the Bible, the word HELP was used in relation to God in the psalms. The psalmist is either praying for the help of God, declaring the help of God or praising the help he has received from God! But for the Psalmists, we would have not understood the place and the power of DIVINE HELP!

David enjoyed the help of God. In 1 Chronicles 12:20-22 some insight was provided into the kind of help David received from God, "As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, captains of the thousands that were of Manasseh. And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the host. For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God".

Look at the scriptures here, the bible says day by day David received help from God. Men were flocking to him as like the host of God. From today someone reading this will begin to enjoy the day by day help of God! The Spirit of God pointed this out that David was a man helped by God, in verse 18 we read this, "Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band".

When you are helped of God men will willingly surrender their talent, service, and resources to be of help to you! And sometimes when this happens, it is because men are moved by the Spirit of God and not by your pleas for help.

Of Uzziah, it was said in scriptures that he was marvelously helped of God until he became great. Divine aid was his pathway to unparalleled greatness! (2 Chronicles 26:15). This is what divine help will bring us into as a people, unparalleled greatness in God! And one way we position ourselves for that help is through PRAYERS. Each time we pray for divine help we are acknowledging the limitations of human strength! This was what the psalmist shouted out in Psalms 60:11-12, "Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God, we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies"!

 

Each time we pray for divine help we are acknowledging the limitations of human strength!

 

Through God, we can do great things, for the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits(Daniel 11:32). The help of God is the ultimate help in life. The king in 2 Kings 6:26-27 did well by pointing to the woman who was asking for help that ultimately providential aid is superior to presidential aid! As the king, the president, the woman expected the king to be able to help, the king, however, pointed out that ultimately everyone depends on the help of God!

 

When you are helped of God men will willingly surrender their talent, service, and resources to be of help to you! And sometimes when this happens, it is because men are moved by the Spirit of God and not by your pleas for help.

 

The help of God must always be our first and last resort in every circumstance of life! When your heart is set on God for help it will be hard for you to beg men for help! This was what happened to Ezra in Ezra 8:21-22, "Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seeks him, but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him". Ezra has already made his boast in the Lord he cannot descend low again to the levels of men! And indeed the help of God came through for them!

If we will humble ourselves pray, fast and seek the face of the Lord we will receive the help of Him that will position us for greatness in life! Amen!

 

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