IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE LORD IS AMONG THOSE WHO HELP ME
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“The LORD is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The LORD is for me among those who help me.”
Our helper in every time of need is the Lord Himself, and every believer can say ”the Lord is my helper.”
This help is ADEQUATE because it is divine, almighty help – “The Lord is my helper.”
When we are in need friends come to our aid, but often they cannot help us because their resources are inadequate.
The Lord’s resources are never inadequate. His name is El-Shaddai (Genesis 17:1), which means that He is ”the Enough God.”
This help is always AVAILABLE because the Lord who doesn’t change is always with us – “The Lord is my helper.”
This help is APPROPRIATE to our individual needs because it is personally dispensed to each of us according to our need – “The Lord is my helper.” My needs are different from those of everyone else and His help is appropriate.
In my confusion and pain I turned away from you who rescued me from the slavery of sin to other gods. Gods that cannot speak, gods that cannot move, gods that cannot create … worthless chunks of stone, metal and wood. I placed my trust in those whom you created and they let me down. They could not explain what was happening to me.
As my good shepherd, you heard my cry “Lord, save me!” You gently picked me up and carried me away from the dangerous rock at the edge of the cliff that I was dangling from, and carried me back to your throne of grace.
Lord if it wasn’t for your mercies and compassion I would be consumed by your fire.
Lord you have been good to me. Thank you for your rest. Thank you for nourishing my soul while I rested in your presence.
Life hasn’t changed yet, but your goodness overwhelms me. You are still close beside me as I walk through this dark valley. Your perfect love has driven away my fear. You have honored me in my anguish by anointing my head with oil. Your goodness and unfailing love continue to pursue me in the midst of all that is happening in my life and around me.
I know that God is gracious and righteous, full of compassion.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
“SO THAT WE MAY BOLDLY SAY, THE LORD IS MY HELPER, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me”
Winston Churchill – the Great Prime Minister of Britain – once said, A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Many believers have no confidence in God because they don’t understand that God is with them. Hebrews 13:5 says that God will never leave us or forsake us. The next verse begins, “SO THAT we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear . . . ”! In other words, since it is true that God will never leave or forsake us, that means God is with us. He’s on our side, and He’s with us to help us! We can have confidence in that!
To trust is to believe in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of something. So, when it comes to trusting God, that means believing in His reliability, His Word, His ability, and His strength. The Bible says that God cannot lie. That He always keeps His promises. That He loves you and has good in store for you. Trusting in Him means believing what He says about Himself, about the world and about you is true.
Thou HAST THRUST SORE AT ME THAT I MIGHT FALL: BUT THE LORD HELPED ME. THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH AND SONG, AND IS BECOME MY SALVATION.
Christian experience is the richest product of grace, and it ought to be laid at the feet of the Well-beloved from whom it comes, and to whom it belongs. What God hath done for one of his people is an indication of what he will do for others of his chosen. The Lord’s providences are promises, and his benedictions are predictions. To be silent concerning the lovingkindness of the Lord, is a robbery of the worst kind; it is taking from our God the glory due unto his holy name.
Think about it: God is the original definition of good. He is good in and of Himself. For us, goodness is an added quality. But it comes naturally for Him. God is not just the greatest of beings; He is the Best.
That’s exactly what Jesus meant when He said, “No one is good but One – God.” (Mark 10:18) We call all kinds of things good – “This steak is good. He’s a good friend. That was a good movie.” But all that we call “good” on this earth is tainted and imperfect. God alone is goodness itself.
Have you ever thought of God as generous toward you? Can you believe that when He looks at you with all your baggage, all your junk, all your hang-ups, He says, “I want to be generous to you. I can’t wait to pour out on you that which will make you happy – not because you deserve it, but because there’s something about Who I am that loves to overflow in extravagant ways upon you.”
The Bible says those are actually God’s thoughts about you. God is for you. He has your back. He is there, plotting to do you good. You are the object of His affection, and because of His divine nature, all that He expresses comes from an expansive, over-whelming, God-sized generosity toward you.
God rescues those pounded by calamity. When the storms threaten to sink us and we’re at our wit’s end, we can call to Him and see Him command the storms to be still, because He is good.
He’s been there for you, more than you’ll ever know. No matter what situation you’re facing this morning, God is the best Person to take it too. There is no surer source of deliverance or blessing than Him, because He is good all the time.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE.
SO THAT WE MAY BOLDLY SAY, THE LORD IS MY HELPER, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. . . .
Colossians 1 reminds us that Jesus “is the image of the invisible God” (v. 15) and that “God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him” (v. 19). Jesus is God’s goodness in the flesh. He demonstrated God’s desire to pour out blessing and help and deliverance on us.
But God is good. His nature drives a desire to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. So He puts forward His Son on our behalf to take our hell and give all who believe heaven.
Romans 8:32 says this of God: “He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?” In other words, God has already shown His goodness toward you in the biggest way possible. All the other little details to help you live a godly life through thick and thin are included in that gift.
When you believe that God is good all the time, it frees you to take ever-increasing steps of faith.
“For I know the plans I have for you” – [this is] the Lord’s declaration – “plans for [your] welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
“Behold, the Lord God helps Me;
Who is he who condemns Me?
Behold, they will all wear out like a garment;
The moth will eat them.”
Our God has become our strength. We are weak enough, but what a power is his! He is our strength to suffer, giving us patience; our strength to work, working in us, with us, by us; our strength to fight, for it is he that girdeth us for the battle. The Lord is our strength; what an unfailing fount of force!
“Ever this our war-cry,
Let us claim the victory, anticipate it, and shout it, while yet we are contending. On our beds let us sing God’s high praises, and magnify him in the midst of the fires. Set your whole lives to music. Make your entire career a psalm. Let not your life be a dirge, as it is with some who, from morning till night, are mournfully wailing Misereres.
Blessed be God, we shall come to the pearly gates by-and-by! Let us not be alarmed about that, for the Lord has become our salvation. We are saved from death; we cannot really die. We shall fall asleep, to wake up in the likeness of our Lord. Blessed sleep! Who does not long for it? “He is become my salvation,” not for a time, but for ever, my sure salvation, my eternal salvation. Wherefore, take courage, and let us go forward in our walk and warfare, for this is our note of victory, as it was the hymn of Moses and the children of Israel at the Red Sea, “The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation; he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen.
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