Our Help

David Bast

Read: Psalm 124

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (v. 8)

“I don’t need any help!” Have you ever heard that cry from a stubborn child? Have you ever said it yourself? Of course, it’s true that we all have to learn to do things for ourselves. But we all do need help, all the time. No one can make it on their own.

Consider when enemies rise against us (v. 2), when floods threaten to sweep us away (v. 4) and the raging waters engulf us (v. 5), then we realize how weak and vulnerable we are. We lose a loved one, and we’re devastated. We experience financial reversals or the loss of a job, and we can’t see how we’ll make it. Accident or disease strikes us down, age and infirmity make us feeble and unable to care for ourselves. And then comes death. Where can we find help to face all this?

“Our help is in the name of the LORD,” believers confess. God’s name—his character, his steadfast love, his omnipotent power and gracious mercy—that’s what we depend on. When trouble comes, people look for help from many sources—from money, technology, medicine, family, friends, the government. Many never even think of looking to the Lord. Yet God himself and God’s help through secondary means are not mutually exclusive options. Just remember that wherever or whomever it comes from, the ultimate source of your help and strength is the Lord. —David Bast

As you pray, reflect on how the Lord is helping you, and how you might be his help to someone else.