My Helper


     “If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul” (Ps. 94:17-19).

    The comfort of God’s abiding presence is a frequent theme of David in the book of Psalms. When our lives are crowded with worry, when it seems we are slipping helplessly into a chasm of darkness, God can provide help to sustain the soul.

    David lived an unusually perilous life. His rise to power was filled with struggle as King Saul frequently sought the life of his successor. His kingdom itself was marked by wars and conflicts. He knew the danger and threat of death both by enemies among foreign nations as well as by members of his own family. He knew the heartache of betrayal. His own son, Absalom, sought to usurp his throne. In spite of all its violence and hardship, David was able to look upon his life as one that had been characterized by the preventive grace of God. You see, he says, “Had it not been for the Lord’s help, I would have perished long ago!”

    We should all be grateful for the providential working of God in our lives, for the times when God rescued us from temptation or delivered us from trial. While some possess a very detached view of God, that He is far away, disinterested, and uncaring, the true picture of God, the portrait of God painted for us in the Bible, tells us of a God who wants to be our companion, our helper, and our friend. In admonishing us to trust God rather than money, the Hebrew writer quotes David and says “The Lord is my helper” (Heb. 13:6).

    In the truest sense, God can be your helper and friend only as you seek to be His. Until both parties desire it, the potential of friendship is not achieved. God has expressed His desire for friendship by sending His only Son to die for us on the cross. Have you expressed your desire to be His friend? Jesus said, “You are My Friends, if you do what I command you” (Jn. 15:14). Next time you are feeling overwhelmed, remember what God can do. Trust in Him. Seek Him as your friend. He will not let you down.

    If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of any spiritual assistance to you, please let us know.                                  

God Bless,
Todd Parsely


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