Thursday Reflection – August 01, 2019
Only God can help
“But You, O Lord, do not be far from me; O My Strength, hasten to help me!” Psalm 22:19
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?” Psalm 22 begins with a cry of anguish and a feeling of abandonment. The author, David, considered himself a worm among his problems and blamed God for it. Kathryn Schifferdecker puts it this way, “He is a worm, and not human (verse 6). He is surrounded by bulls, lions, and dogs (verse 12-13, 16). And he is not afraid to place blame where blame is due: “You [God] lay me in the dust of death (verse 15).” The Psalmist placed his trust in God, but now his troubles were more than he could bear and he held God responsible for it.
The Psalmist believed that placing his trust in God would minimize the severe challenges he faced. He stated, “From my mother’s womb you have been my God”, but now he felt God was far from him, because of his problems. Like David we too face extreme challenges. We feel like a worm among our problems. We too would have placed our trust in God, but there continues to be problem after problem after problem. The problems are so severe that we at times ask where is God?
Where is God amidst severe health challenges? Where is God amidst dire financial needs? Where is God amidst the piling debts? Where is God amidst the car troubles? Where is God amidst the false accusations? Where is God amidst the emotional difficulties? WHERE IS GOD…?! As we go through times of difficulty we are overcome with anguish and feel a sense of abandonment.
Despite feeling this way, the Psalmist, realized that he has no other help than God. Hear David in verse 11, “Be not far from me, for trouble is near; for there is none to help.” And again in verse 19, “But You, O Lord, do not be far from me; O My Strength, hasten to help me!” In times of great difficulty there is only one person we can turn to and that person is God. Even though we might feel abandoned and be overwhelmed with anguish, our ONLY source of help is from God. Who else can we turn to or rely on? NO ONE, BUT GOD! So the Psalmist asks the Lord for help, even though he blamed the Lord for his problems. I encourage us to tell God about the bulls in our life; tell God about the lions in our life; and tell God about the dogs in our life. Tell God that we feel like a worm among the problems we face, but despite this we are still trusting him no matter what.
I find this Psalm to be powerful as we read in verse 21, “Save me from the lion’s mouth and the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered me.” God responded to the cries of David and subsequently David was filled with praise. A Psalm that began with deep agony and a sense of abandonment, ends with great thankfulness and praise. As we go through our challenges rest assured that God WILL answer our cries of help. Praise God for help is on the way.
Until next week remember God is our only source of help.