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OF THE LORD
THE LORD MY HELP
The goal of this study is to
examine the Scriptures that describe Jehovah as our Helper so that
we might be equipped to stand fast on this great truth when the storms of
life come and we find ourselves in narrow straits and in need of Jehovah's
help. Before you begin you might pause and praise God for being our very
present help in our time of need as you listen to the
Tabernacle Choir's version "My Help"
RATIONALE FOR THE NAME
"THE LORD MY HELP"
The Hebrew phrase
is translated as the "LORD [my] Help" or the "LORD [our] Help"
as discussed below. Strictly speaking "Jehovah 'Ezer" is not one of
Names of God, because the Scripture
never specifically declares "His Name is Jehovah 'Ezer". The
writer of Hebrews however does describe God as "the Lord (is) my
Helper" (where the verb "is" has been added by the translators)
In a manner similar,
David describes God as "the LORD...my Shepherd" (Jehovah
Roi) (the verb "is"
has been added by the translators). However, David does not specifically
Jehovah Roi is His
Name. So even as Jehovah is our Shepherd Who guides and protects us, so
too is He our Helper Who comes to our aid in the time of need.
Note: This study of "The LORD
My Help" will make frequent use of the "LXX", the abbreviation
for the Septuagint translation, which represents the
Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament. The majority
of the Old Testament quotations by Jesus, Paul, Peter, etc in the New
Testament are quotes from the LXX rather than from the Hebrew OT.
The LXX is a rich resource of insight and as such functions much
like a "mini-commentary" on the Hebrew Scriptures. For example, see the in
depth word study on the Greek word "boao".
THE NAMES OF GOD
Solomon records that
The Name of the LORD is a strong tower. The righteous runs into it and
is safe." (Pr 18:10-note)
The Hebrew word for "safe" (sagab) actually refers to
height and conveys the connotation of security. The NASB in fact
translates sagab with this emphasis in Psalm 20:1 where David writes
LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the Name of the God of
Jacob set you securely on high! (Hebrew = sagab)"
Comment: Set you securely on
high is the
translation of the one Hebrew word sagab. Young's
Literal = "Doth set thee on high." The NLT paraphrases it "keep
you safe from all harm." NET = "make you secure!" ESV &
NIV = "protect you." New American = "Defend you!" Now go back
and read Pr 18:10 with this understanding of sagab. I see a picture of the
believer in a strong tower so to speak, elevated above the fray and the
turmoil. Our problems, etc, may still be present, but we are in a sense
"elevated" above them and can see them with a supernatural perspective
(e.g., a Ro 8:28 perspective).
Notice that in Psalm 20:1 David prays
that the Name
set you securely on high, which is a perfect parallel with (Pr 18:10).
It follows that it behooves every saint to know God's "Names" for
they speak of His character, His attributes, His provision, etc.
It is also worth noting that the
Septuagint (Lxx) translates "safe"
in Proverb 18:10
with the Greek verb,
hupsoo (word study), which means to cause
something to become high, to raise high, to elevate, to lift up or to
exalt. For example, the apostle James uses Hupsoo in his command to
imperative = a
command which can be obeyed only as we surrender our will to the enabling
power of the Holy Spirit) yourselves
(i.e., permit yourselves to be humbled, accept the humbling circumstance) in
the presence of the Lord and He will exalt (hupsóō) you."
Comment: The Greek literally
reads "be made low" (Jas 4:10YLT)! The Amplified adds "He will lift you up and make your lives significant."
Note that we can't make ourselves low (if we could we would be proud of
our humility!). We can accept the divine circumstances calculated to
Here is the question: Do you see any
parallels between James' command and Solomon's wisdom in Pr 18:10-note?
When the righteous man or woman runs into the "strong tower" of
Jehovah, do they not have to make a
choice to do so? Clearly God does not force us to run to Him. And so in a
real sense it requires a humbling of one's self, a surrender and
acceptance of the humbling circumstances, saying in essence
my own strength I cannot handle this situation, this circumstance, this
affliction, this trial, etc".
This person is making a choice to
humble themselves before
Jehovah, choosing to run and hide in the "strong
tower" of His Name.
What does God promise to do
in James 4:10? To
exalt us, to lift us up, to bring us to an elevated place similar to the
effect pictured by the Hebrew verb sagab (see above). Does this exalting
mean that the circumstance, trial, affliction, distress or difficulty vanishes?
Not necessarily, but it does mean one can view the adverse situation or
circumstance from a supernatural perspective. And like Job's growth in
intimacy with God (see especially Job 42:5, 6) after he had been tried
(Job 23:10-note), we too can come to know Jehovah in a more
personal, intimate, experiential way then before the trial or difficulty
(if we humble ourselves!) Then
we won't just know His Name and His acts but we, like Moses, but we will come to
know His ways as we experience Him...
He (Jehovah) made known His ways
to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. (Ps 103:7-note).
Comment: See how Psalm 103:7
relates to Moses prayer in Ex 33:13,14.
Have you ever prayed to "know God's
ways? Israel saw God's
acts but did not know His ways (Ps 95:10)
Are you satisfied with merely knowing
of God, or do you also want to know His
There is a difference. This
difference is illustrated in the lives of the children of Israel as
compared to Moses. For 40 years the Israelites witnessed the miracles God
performed. They walked across the dry Red Sea just as Moses did. They ate
the manna and quail from heaven even as Moses did. However, they were
content to receive God's provision without ever knowing God Himself. Moses
saw beyond the provision of God to the person
of God. Moses wanted to experience more than just His acts, His provision.
He wanted to experience God Himself, not just God's activity. Have you
come to know God more personally as a result of your experiences with Him?
As you observe the acts of God, look beyond them to the revelation of His
character which is revealed by His many Names, such as the one we are
studying in this section - Jehovah Ezer.
Oh, beloved, may
God grant us a full measure of His Spirit's illumination so that we might
come to know our Father's heart in ever increasing measure as we study and
upon His majestic
Names. Amen. (See "God's
Name A Strong Tower")
SCRIPTURAL OCCURRENCE OF
THE NAME JEHOVAH EZER
King David records...
Our soul waits for
the LORD. He is
our help (Jehovah 'Ezer)
shield." (Psalm 33:20 NASB)
Comment: Notice that the verb "is"
has been added by the translators to make the sentence more readable. The
Hebrew words for "LORD our help" are Jehovah Ezer.
We can see this Name more clearly in
Young's Literal rendering...
soul hath waited for Jehovah
(Jehovah 'Ezer) and
is He. (Ps 33:20YLT)
Spurgeon's comment on Psalm
33:20 is excellent...
Our soul waits for the Lord.
Here the godly avow their reliance upon Him whom the Psalm extols. To wait
is a great lesson (Ed: Compare Isaiah 40:31-note).
To be quiet in expectation, patient in hope, single in confidence, is one
of the bright attainments of a Christian. Our soul, our life, must
hang upon God; we are not to trust him with a few gewgaws (showy things,
especially things that are useless), but with all we have and are. He is
our help and our shield. Our help in labour, our shield in danger. The
Lord answers all things to His people.
He is our all in all
Nicole Nordeman's rendition of "You are My All in All"). Note
the three "ours" in the text. These holdfast words are
precious. Personal possession makes the Christian man; all else is mere
Jehovah of course means "I Am".
Thus David is
saying that "I Am is (my) Help". Jehovah Who spoke
the heavens and earth into existence (Heb 11:3-note,
Ps 33:6, Isa 40:26). If you are born again, you can "take personal
possession" so to speak of this passage. In short, this very same God is my Help, my 'Ezer!
What can man do to me
if I truly receive and believe this truth! As the psalmist says...
The LORD (Jehovah)
is for me (KJV = "on my side"); I will not fear. What can man do to me?
(Ps 118:6, Ps 56:4, Ps 27:1 Isa 41:10, Ro 8:31-note)?
Comment: Note that when LORD
is written in all caps in the NAS, it represents a translation of the
Hebrew word Jehovah.
The remainder of this
study will seek to uncover the rich truths regarding "the LORD our
Helper", our Jehovah 'Ezer, so that you might be
equipped to "be on the alert, stand firm
in the faith, act like men,
strong." (1Cor 16:13)
Comment: 1Cor 16:13 has 4
"staccato-like" commands, all in the
calling for these commands to be our lifestyle, something we can do only
as we yield to and are enabled by the Holy Spirit our Helper! But
it is not "Let go and let God!" Our responsibility is to carry out
these commands in His sufficient power and for God's greater glory!)
HEBREW AND GREEK
WORDS FOR "HELP"
The English word help means to aid, to lend strength, to
succor, to lend means of deliverance (as to help one in
distress), to give assistance (from from Latin assistere to stand
by, from sistere to cause to stand) or support (to carry the weight
of, derived from Latin supportāre to bring from sub- = up +
portāre =to carry). Help means to do for someone
what he or she cannot do for himself or herself.
The Hebrew words for help are
(click more detailed word study) (5828)
is the Hebrew noun for helper (ezer)
and refers to divine help 15 of the 21 OT uses. Most
of these 15 uses refer to help in times of despair or distress.
(click more detailed word study)
is the Hebrew verb which means to help.
(click more detailed word study)
means help, support, assistance, aid, either human or divine. It is often
used in the sense of a helper or assistant, one who assists and serves
another with what is needed.
The Greek words
that are most often used in the
to translate the preceding Hebrew words are...
Boetheia (click more detailed word
describes the assistance offered to meet a need. In secular Greek, this
word was used to describe a medical aid or a cure.
Boetheo (click more detailed word
is Greek verb which means to
help or to come to the aid of someone. Boetheo is derived two words
boe = a cry,
exclamation + théō = to run. Can you see the incredible word
picture that results from combining these two words? The idea conveyed is
of one who upon hearing a cry for help, runs to give aid to assist (or to
use an old but very good synonym, to
Boethos (click more detailed word
it the noun form of the verb
and describes one who runs on hearing a cry to give assistance. It is used
once in the NT as a description of Jehovah our Helper. (Hebrews
EXCURSUS ON NAMES
RELATED TO "HELP"...
ELIEZER & EBENEZER
GOD IS MY HELP
Eliezer is composed of two words
el = God and ezer = help and means in essence "God is his help." Eliezer is found 15 times
in Scripture describing 11 individuals but the most definitive description
is by Moses who records that one of his two sons by Zipporah
Eliezer, for he said, "The God ('Elohim) of my
father was my Help ('ezer) and delivered me from the
sword of Pharaoh." (Ex 18:4, cp 1Chr 23:15, 17)
Eliezer (from 'el
= God or 'eli = my God + 'ezer
means "God is help", "my God is help", "God of help",
"God is (his or my) help" or "My God is (a) Helper"
(the specific translation depending on which Bible dictionary you
consult). In short Moses' named his son Eliezer, a testimony reflecting
his (Moses) personal experiences with God His Helper. Every time Moses called out
Eliezer's name, he would be saying "God is my Helper". As an aside
it should be noted that not every biblical name carries such significance
and to attempt to analyze every OT character based solely on the etymology
of their name may not lead to accurate interpretations. In the present
case, the name Eliezer was given after Moses had killed an
Egyptian and escaped Pharaoh's wrath ("delivered...from the sword of
Pharaoh", cf Ex 2:15-resources) by fleeing to the wilderness of
Midian. After delivering Moses, God helped him, providing a wife, a family
and an occupation during his 40 year wilderness sojourn. And thus we see
the rich background for the name
"God is my Helper".
Application: Now stop for a moment and think
back over your life. Is there some "Eliezer"
event in your
life? How did you respond to God's help? Maybe you did not even recognize
it then but in retrospect you do see His Helping hand. Stop and offer
a prayer of thanksgiving and praise to your
Jehovah 'Ezer, the LORD your Helper, for
He is "enthroned upon the praises of" His people. (Ps
Do you think the fact that Moses
acknowledged God as His Helper and Deliverer in the past had any bearing
on the events that would soon transpire and culminate in Israel's exodus
from Egypt? Is it not good to remember the past "helps" and deliverances
of Jehovah, so that we might have a firm foundation on which to stand by
faith when we encounter future trials?
Beloved, let me encourage you when
you are faced with undertaking any difficult situation, be it in suffering
or service for Christ, choose to recall that God is your Helper and that
He has delivered you before and will yet deliver again. The trial won't
necessarily disappear but your perspective concerning the trial will
likely be quite different.
STONE OF HELP
Ebenezer is derived from two
words, eben = stone and ezer = help and thus means "stone of
help." There are only 3 uses in the Bible...
1Samuel 4:1 Thus the word of Samuel
came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle
and camped beside Ebenezer while the Philistines camped in Aphek.
Comment: Beloved, "beside
Ebenezer" is always a good place for us to "make camp" (figuratively
speaking)! Note that Ebenezer had apparently not yet received this name,
which would be given in 1 Samuel 7:12.
1Samuel 5:1 Now the Philistines took
the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.
1 Samuel 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone
and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far
Jehovah has helped (help =
azar, boetheo) us."
Comment: The stone Samuel named
Ebenezer was a memorial to help Israel remember the many past episodes of
Jehovah's help. How prone was Israel and are we beloved to
so quickly forget Jehovah's past help...
May God grant each of us His grace
to "set up memorial stones," stones of remembrance, our own personal
"Ebenezers," that continually testifies "Hitherto hath Jehovah Helped me"
which serves as a continual reminder of His ever present help in Christ!
Notice that thus far is a time
phrase which identifies Jehovah as the Help of Israel from her inception
to the day this memorial stone was commissioned. What is amazing about
Jehovah's help is that He was Israel's Help not only when they were
faithful but even during times of rebellion (of which there were many)!
Jehovah's help to Israel indeed is an illustration of God's grace, His unmerited favor
to help Israel in her time of need!
Spurgeon once quipped: You
remember Samuel setting up the stone Ebenezer, “the stone of help,”
recording the goodness of God. You have, perhaps, heard of the old woman
who said she had so many Ebenezers, that they formed a wall on both sides
of her all her journey through life. Each of us should be able to say the
same. “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us”: it is indeed a great wall of
memorials of the lovingkindness of God. (from page 18 of
What the Stones Say: Sermons in Stones)
Spurgeon adds (from his introductory
comments in his 500th published sermon entitled
- It is certainly a very delightful thing to mark the hand of God in the
lives of ancient saints. How profitable an occupation to observe God’s
goodness in delivering David out of the jaw of the lion and the paw of the
bear; his mercy in passing by the transgression, iniquity, and sin of
Manasseh; his faithfulness in keeping the covenant made with Abraham; or
his interposition on the behalf of the dying Hezekiah.
But, beloved, would it not be even
more interesting and profitable for us to remark the hand of God in our
Ought we not to look upon our own
history as being at least as full of God, as full of His goodness and of
His truth, as much a proof of His faithfulness and veracity as the lives
of any of the saints who have gone before?
I think we do our Lord an injustice
when we suppose that He wrought all His mighty acts in days of yore, and
showed Himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform
wonders or lay bare His arm for the saints that are now upon the earth.
Let us review, I say, our own diaries. Surely in these modern pages we may
discover some happy incidents, refreshing to ourselves and glorifying to
our God. Have you had no deliverances? Have you passed through no rivers,
supported by the Divine presence? Have you walked through no fires
unharmed? Have you not been saved in six troubles? Yea, in seven hath not
Jehovah helped you? Have you had no manifestations? The God that spoke to
Abraham at Mamre. Hath He never spoken to you? The Angel that wrestled
with Jacob at Peniel, hath He never wrestled with you? He that stood in
the fiery furnace with the three holy children, hath He never trodden the
coals at your side? O beloved, He has manifested Himself unto us as He
doth not unto the world.
Forget not these manifestations; fail
not to rejoice in them. Have you had no choice favors? The God that gave
Solomon the desire of his heart, hath He never listened to you and
answered your requests? That God of lavish bounty, of Whom David sang,
“Who satisfies thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed
like the eagle’s,” hath He never satiated you with fatness? Have you never
been made to be down in green pastures? Have you never been led by the
still waters? Surely, beloved, the goodness of God of old has been
repeated unto us. The manifestations of His grace to those gone to glory
has been renewed to us, and delivering mercies as experienced by them are
not unknown even to us, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
I beg you, therefore, dear friends, for
a little time this morning, to fix your thoughts upon your God in
connection with yourselves; and, while we think of Samuel piling the
stones and saying, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us,” let us lay
the emphasis upon the last word and say, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped
US,” and if you can put it in the singular, and say, “Hitherto
hath the Lord helped ME,” so much the better.
Again, it is a very delightful exercise
to remember the various ways in which the grateful saints recorded their
thankfulness. Who can look without pleasure upon the altar which
Noah reared after his preservation from the universal deluge? Have not our
eyes often sparkled as we have thought of Abraham building the altar
and calling it “Jehovah-jireh, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen?”
Have we not read with intense satisfaction, of Jacob setting up the
stone which had been his pillow, and pouring oil upon it, and calling
upon the name of the Lord, naming the place Bethel, though the name
thereof was Luz at the first? Who has failed to rejoice in the martial
music of Miriam’s timbrel, and the glorious notes of Moses’ song at
the Red Sea? And have we not paused and looked at the twelve
stones set up in the midst of Jordan by good old Joshua when Jordan
was driven back, that the hosts of Israel might go through dry shod?
Surely, brethren, we have rejoiced
in this stone which Samuel set up and called Ebenezer. And, in looking
upon all the various ways in which the saints of God have recorded his
lovingkindness of old, we have felt a satisfaction in beholding the
perpetuity of God’s glory, since one generation shows forth to another all
His mighty acts. Oh, would it not be quite as pleasant, and more
profitable for us to record the mighty acts of the Lord as we have seen
them? Should not we set up the altar unto his name, or weave his mercies
into a song? Should we not take the pure gold of thankfulness, and the
jewels of praise, and make them into another crown for the head of Jesus?
Ought not our souls to give forth musics as sweet and exhilarating as ever
came from David’s harp? Ought not the feet of our gratitude to trip as
lightly as Miriam’s when she led the daughters of Israel? Have we not some
means of praising God? Are there no methods by which we may set forth the
gratitude we feel within? I trust we can make an offering unto our Lord.
We can entertain our beloved with the spiced wine of our pomegranate, and
the choice drops of our honeycomb.
I hope that this day our souls may
suggest unto themselves some way in which we may record the Lord’s mighty
deeds, and hand down to coming generations our testimony of His
faithfulness and of His truth.
In the spirit of these two observations
then, looking at God’s hand in our own life, and acknowledging that hand
with some record of thankfulness, I, your minister, brought by divine
grace to preach this morning the five hundredth of my printed sermons (Ed:
Ebenezer was Sermon No. 500), consecutively published week by week, set up
my stone of Ebenezer to God. I thank Him, thank Him humbly, but yet
most joyfully for all the help and assistance given in studying and
preaching the word to these mighty congregations by the voice, and
afterwards to so many nations through the press. I set up my pillar
(stone) in the form of this sermon. My motto this day shall be the same as
Samuel’s, “Hitherto, the Lord hath helped me.” And as the stone of
my praise is much too heavy for me to set it upright alone, I ask you, my
comrades in the day of battle, my fellow-laborers in the vineyard of
Christ, to join with me in expressing gratitude, while together we set up
the stone of memorial and say, “Hitherto the Lord hath helped us.”
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my
Here by Thy great help
And I hope, by Thy good
Safely to arrive at home.
Play the great vocal version
by Fernando Ortega!
Now through another year
Supported by His care;
We raise our Ebenezer here,
“The Lord has helped thus far.”
Play - Let Hearts and Tongues Unite
His love in time past forbids me to
He’ll leave me at last in trouble to sink;
I have in review,
Confirms His good pleasure to
help me quite through.
Play - Begone Unbelief
Now let's examine
the relationship between Jehovah and help in the Scriptures. I think you will be intrigued, edified
and encouraged as you discover the Biblical truths concerning the "LORD
your Helper", Jehovah 'Ezer.
Spurgeon's sermon -
Ebenezer = "Stone of help"
JEHOVAH AND HELP
The word help (helps, helper) is
found over 200 times in the NAS and a number of these passages speak of
divine help. In the following examples, observe the repeated relation of Jehovah as a source
of Help to His people and remember beloved that He has not changed
but is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. You can trust Him and rely
on Him to be your Jehovah Ezer today and all the days of your life!
Genesis 49:25 (Addressed to Joseph)
From the God of your father Who (Jehovah) helps ('azar,
boetheo) you (NIV = your father's God, Who helps you), And by the Almighty
who blesses you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that
lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
Spurgeon's sermon on Genesis 49:25:
A Boundless Benediction
note And this regarding
Judah; so he said, "Hear, O LORD, the voice of Judah, And bring him to his
people. With his hands he contended for them, And may You (Jehovah)
be a help ('ezer) against his adversaries."
RIDES TO YOUR HELP!
Deuteronomy 33:26, 27 "There is
none like the God of
Jeshurun (Israel), Who rides the heavens to your help (azar, boethos), and through the skies in His majesty.
27 "The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the
everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said,
Comment: Moses, who had been all his life long a
prophet, now closes his career a poet, and dies singing. He praises God,
setting Him above all gods, and defying all men to find one like Him.
and is used by Moses as a name for Israel to sarcastically express the
fact that Israel did not live up to God’s law after entering the Land.
This name should have
served to remind Israel of God's calling to be His special possession and
should have severely rebuked their continual gravitation toward apostasy.
Such a rebuke would be especially emphatic in light of the dramatic
picture that God Himself was willing to ride through the heavens to
give Israel any help they would need to live as more than conquerors
amidst the pagans!
Do not miss the incredible picture
boethos the Greek
word used to translate 'azar, the Hebrew word for help.
note above) is derived from two words (boe =
cry out + theo = to run) which together give the picture of one who
upon hearing a cry, runs to the aid of the one in distress! In Deut 33:26
the picture is of Jehovah Himself "riding the heavens" upon hearing
the cry of His beloved to give them divine help ("Jehovah Ezer!")
What is the implied
condition? We need to make the choice to cry out. This might mean we need
to relinquish our pride and be willing to humble ourselves and cry out. To
whom do you cry out when you are in anguish, difficulty or distress? May
God give us all the grace to not hesitate to cry out to Jehovah Ezer, Who
will come to our aid in Jesus. Amen.
Spurgeon in a sermon on Deut
The Lord is the great joy and the
delightful portion of his people. In nothing were the tribes of Israel so
favored as in having the true God to be their God. This was the great
glory and the peculiar privilege of the chosen people, that the only
living and Most High Jehovah had manifested himself unto them and to their
fathers, had taken them to be his people, and given himself to be their
God...the God of Jeshurun made the heavens, and then before their eyes
made the heavens to drop with manna; he made the earth, and for their
supply made the flinty rocks to flow with rivers. He it was who went
before his people with a pillar of fire and cloud, made them victorious
over all their enemies, and promised to bring them into the promised land.
“Well,” said the man who had seen all this, “There is none like unto
the God of Jeshurun. (Spurgeon's sermon -
Israel’s God and God’s Israel)
Spurgeon continues his
exposition on the help from the "God of Jeshurun" noting
Men can come to our help, but they
travel slowly, creeping along the earth. Lo, our God comes riding on the
heavens. They who travel on the earth may be stopped by enemies, they
certainly will be hindered; but he that rides upon the heavens cannot be
stayed nor even delayed. When Jehovah’s excellency comes flying upon the
sky on the wings of the wind, how gloriously are displayed the swiftness,
the certainty, and the all-sufficiency of delivering grace. God has ways
to help us that we dream not of. “Thy way, O God, is in the sea.” He has
a way in the tempest, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. Jehovah has
made for himself a highway, a chariot road along the heavens, that his
purposes of love may never be hindered. If we will but trust in God,
invisible spirits shall fight for us, the great wheels of providence shall
revolve for our good, and God the Eternal himself, dressed in robes of war
like a valiant champion, shall come forth to espouse our quarrel.
Fall back upon yourselves, lean upon
your fellow creatures, trust upon earth-born confidences, and ye fall upon
a rotten foundation that shall give way beneath you; but rest ye upon your
God and upon your God alone, and the stars in heaven shall fight for you,
yea, the stars in their courses, and things present and things to come,
and heights, and depths, and all the creatures subservient to the will of
the omnipotent Creator, shall work together for good to you, seeing that
you love God and are depending upon his power.
Thus, and thus sweetly, does Israel’s prophet sing of Israel’s God." (from
Israel’s God and God’s Israel)
Spurgeon adds that Dt 33:26-27 shows
"that the Lord is above, around, and underneath His
saints. “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations” (Ps
90:1)." We are as surrounded by You as the
earth is surrounded by the atmosphere."
The eternal God is your dwelling place and your rest, and underneath are
the everlasting arms.
Within Thy circling power I stand,
On every side I find Thy hand;
Awake, asleep, at home, abroad,
I am surrounded still with God.
would open the eyes of our heart to understand that such a Mighty God
willingly condescends to be our ever present
Deuteronomy 33:29NIV Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved
by Jehovah? He (Jehovah) is your Shield and Helper
(azar, boethos) and your glorious Sword. Your enemies will cower before
you, and you will trample down their high places."
2 Kings 14:26 For the LORD saw the
affliction of Israel, which was very bitter; for there was neither bond
nor free, nor was there any helper (azar, boetheo) for Israel.
1 Chronicles 15:26 Because God was
helping (azar, katischuo = be strong) the Levites who were carrying the
ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven
OUR ONLY HELP!
2 Chronicles 14:11 Then Asa called to
the LORD his God and said, "Jehovah, there is no one besides You to help
(azar, boetheo) in the battle between the powerful and those who have no
strength; so help
(azar in the imperative, boetheo) us, O LORD our God, for we trust in You,
and in Your name have come against this multitude. O LORD, You are our
God; let not man prevail against You."
Comment: King Asa was a godly
ruler of the Southern Kingdom of Judah and in his early life gives us all
a good example to imitate. His prayer in this passage is in the the
context of a huge army (a million men, 300 chariots!). Asa could have
chosen to rely on his arm of strength for he had 280, 000 men. However, he
knew the enemy was too strong and thus cast himself on the Jehovah his
Help. Asa did well to recognize that even the huge army arrayed against
him stood no chance against God's power. Asa's prayer was a prayer of
total trust. At times the believer's only prayer is, "Help LORD.''
Believers face an evil triumvirate in the form of the world, the flesh and
the devil, each of which alone is too powerful for any of us to fight in
our own strength. Oh how we are children of God need to continually cry
out to Jehovah our Helper and like King Asa fully rely on
His omnipotent arm and not our own arm of flesh.
What battle are you facing today?
Are you willing to humble yourself and cry out to Jehovah Ezer? The LORD
promises to be a very present Help in trouble (Ps 46:1-2).
2Chronicles 18:31 So it came about when
the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, "It is the
king of Israel," and they turned aside to fight against him. But
Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him, and God diverted
them from him.
Comment: "The LORD helped"
in Hebrew is "Jehovah 'Azar". King Jehoshaphat cried out what we as
believers need to do more often..."LORD help!" God answered
Jehoshaphat and will answer us too dear child of God!
2Chronicles 20:4 So Judah gathered
together to seek help ('azar) from the LORD; they even came from
all the cities of Judah to seek the LORD.
Comment: When did Judah gather
together to seek Jehovah Ezer? (See 2Chr 20:1-3). Read
Jehoshaphat's prayer in 2Chr 20:5-13 ending with the great phrase "our
eyes are on Thee", always a good place to fix our eyes (cp Heb 12:2). Read
about the miraculous help Jehovah Ezer provided in 2Chr 20:14-30.
Spurgeon's sermon on 2Chr 20:4:
The Singing Army
2Chronicles 25:8 "But if you (King
Amaziah whose name means "strengthened by Jehovah"!) do go, do
it, be strong for the battle; yet God will bring you down before the
enemy, for God has power to help ('azar) and to bring down."
2Chronicles 26:7 And God helped
('azar; katischuo = make strong) him (Uzziah
= "strength of Jehovah") against the Philistines, and against the Arabians
who lived in Gur-baal, and the Meunites.
2Chronicles 26:15 And in Jerusalem he
made engines of war invented by skillful men to be on the towers and on
the corners, for the purpose of shooting arrows and great stones. Hence
his fame spread afar, for he was marvelously helped ('azar;
katischuo = make strong) until he was strong. 16 But when he became
strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was
unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to
burn incense on the altar of incense.
Comment: Notice the phrase "he
was marvelously helped until he was strong." The next word is "but"
of contrast =
this should always prompt a pause and at least one question - "What is
being contrasted?") signifies a change of direction, in this case a change
of heart, from humility to pride, and consequently from victory to defeat
because God always opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (Jas
2Chronicles 28:16 At that time (expressions
should always prompt "What time?") King
Ahaz sent to the kings of Assyria for help ('azar, boetheo).
Comment: Ahaz rejected the help
of Jehovah Ezer choosing rather to seek help from the arm of flesh. How
often we are all like Ahaz when the seemingly insurmountable problems
close in upon us. We often run first to human counselors, instead of our
2Chronicles 32:8 (See 2Chr 32:7 for
King Hezekiah's declaration that "the One with us is greater than the one
with" the king of Assyria! One plus God is always a majority!) "With him
(the king of Assyria) is only an arm of flesh, but with us is Jehovah
our God to help ('azar, sozo = deliver, save) us and to fight our
battles." And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
Comment: Flesh represents
man's weakness and mortality (Isa 2:22; 31:3; 40:6)
Hezekiah's calming works expressed
total trust in Jehovah Ezer with a powerful effect on the people of
Jerusalem. This story reminds one of the power of truth in the face of
enemy attacks. Peace for a believer is not necessarily no storms, no
battles, no afflictions in his/her life but a promised calm that can be
ours in the midst of the storm. Jesus taught His disciples in Jn 16:33
that the words He had just spoken ("these things I have spoken to you" =
John 13-16 the "Upper Room" Discourse) were truth that would give them
peace in Him even in the face of the tribulation that was guaranteed to be
theirs in this hostile world. Indeed...
Why do believers not need to fear
in this present evil world? Because we are in Jesus Who conquered the
world and He Himself is our peace in the midst of the storm. Through His
Cross the world has been crucified to us and we to the world. We are now
alive in Christ and dead to the world! (see Gal 6:14-note).
Illustration of Placing One's Trust
in Jehovah Ezer's Power to Overcome a Great Enemy: The citizens of
Feldkirch, Austria, didn't know what to do. Napoleon's massive army was
preparing to attack. Soldiers had been spotted on the heights above the
little town, which was situated on the Austrian border. So a council of
citizens was hastily summoned to decide whether they should try to defend
themselves or display the white flag of surrender. It happened to be
Easter Sunday, and the people had gathered in the local church.
The pastor rose and said, "Friends, we
have been counting on our own strength, and apparently that has failed. As
this is the day of our Lord's resurrection, let us just ring the bells,
have our services as usual, and leave the matter in His hands." The
council accepted his plan and the church bells rang. The enemy, hearing
the sudden peal, concluded that the Austrian army had arrived during the
night to defend the town. Before the service ended, the enemy broke camp
and left. We too may be
facing circumstances that threaten to crush us. But let us call out to the
Lord (Jehovah Ezer)
and depend on His almighty power.
—Henry G. Bosch
Spurgeon's Sermon on 2Chr 32:8 = Words to Rest On
Psalm 10:14 You have seen it, for You
have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand. The
unfortunate commits himself to You; You (Jehovah) have been the
helper ('azar; boetheo) of the orphan.
Comment: Perhaps you feel like
your earthly father has forsaken you (mine left when I was 1 year old)
leaving you effectively as an orphan. You can know for certain that the
God of the Universe, Jehovah Ezer, never takes His eyes off of the
fatherless (See Ps 68:5, 6, Ps 146:9, Dt 10:18, Hos 14:3)!
Spurgeon's sermon on Psalm 10:14:
The Poor Man’s Friend
LORD (Jehovah), for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful
disappear from among the sons of men
Comment: A good prayer to pray
to Jehovah Ezer anytime! It is not the length of the prayer, but the
"strength" of the prayer that is effective (cp Mt 6:7-8, Jas 5:16). Peter
was sinking and had time for only a short "prayer" - "Lord, save me!"
which was enough for Jesus who "immediately stretched out His hand and
took hold of him" (Mt 14:30, 31)
Spurgeon's sermon on Ps 12:1
A Suitable Watchword
Spurgeon's Devotional on Psalm 12:1:
The prayer itself is remarkable, for it
is short, but seasonable, sententious (pithy), and
suggestive. David mourned the fewness of faithful men, and therefore
lifted up his heart in supplication—when the creature failed, he flew to
the Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness, or he would not have
cried for help;
but at the same time he intended honestly to exert himself for the cause
of truth, for the word “help”
is inapplicable where we ourselves do nothing. There is much of
directness, clearness of perception, and distinctness of utterance in
this petition of two words; much more, indeed, than in the long rambling
outpourings of certain professors. The Psalmist runs straight-forward to
his God, with a well-considered prayer; he knows what he is seeking, and
where to seek it. Lord, teach us to pray in the same blessed manner.
The occasions for the use
of this prayer are frequent.
In providential afflictions how
suitable it is for tried believers who find all
Students, in doctrinal difficulties,
may often obtain aid by lifting up this cry of “Help,
Lord,” to the Holy Spirit, the great Teacher.
Spiritual warriors in inward conflicts
may send to the throne for reinforcements, and this will be a model for
Workers in heavenly labour may thus
obtain grace in time of need.
Seeking sinners, in doubts and alarms,
may offer up the same weighty supplication.
In fact, in all these cases, times, and
places, this will serve the turn of needy souls. “Help,
LORD,” will suit us living
and dying, suffering or laboring, rejoicing or sorrowing. In Him our
is found, let us not be slack to cry to Him.
The answer to the prayer is certain,
if it be sincerely offered through Jesus. The Lord’s character assures us
that he will not leave his people; his relationship as Father and Husband
guarantee us his
his gift of Jesus is a pledge of every good thing; and his sure promise
stands, “Fear not, I will help thee.” (Spurgeon, C. H. Morning and evening
: Daily readings: June 17 AM).
Beloved are we not in need of His Help,
His salvation every day?! Our mortal enemies the
daily (yea, even moment by moment)
seek to being us down, to cause us to stumble, to "wound" our soul. It
follows that David's prayer "Help Jehovah" should continually be in our
heart and on our lips! Stop and utter this brief but powerful prayer even
Take a moment to give thanks and praise
to our Lord Jesus for His great rescue of each of us from eternal death by
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Psalm 20:2 May He (Jehovah) send
you help (ezer; boetheia) from the sanctuary and support you from
Comment: Note that Ps
20:1 appeals to the "name of the God of Jacob" to "set you on
high" in striking contrast to what most place their trust (Ps 20:7).
In verse 2 David appeals to the God of help, Whose Name is
There is a safe and secret
Beneath the wings divine
Reserved for all the heirs of grace;
That refuge now is mine.
The least and feeblest here may
Uninjured and unawed.
While thousands fall on every side,
I rest secure in God.
Spurgeon: Out of
heaven's sanctuary came the angel to strengthen our Lord, and from the
precious remembrance of God's doings in his sanctuary our Lord refreshed
himself when on the tree. There is no help like that which is of God's
sending, and no deliverance like that which comes out of his sanctuary.
The sanctuary to us is the person of our blessed Lord, who was typified by
the temple, and is the true sanctuary which God has pitched, and not man:
let us fly to the cross for shelter in all times of need and help will be
sent to us. Men of the world despise sanctuary help, but our hearts have
learned to prize it beyond all material aid. They seek help out of the
armory, or the treasury, or the buttery, but we turn to the sanctuary.
(Treasury of David)
Wiersbe: The Christian
trusts in the Lord, and he exemplifies this trust by praying ("May He
[Jehovah] send you help..."). When we are in trouble, what we do to
solve our problems and turn our trouble into triumph is evidence of what
or whom we're trusting. When the day of trouble arrives, some people reach
for their checkbooks. They think money will solve their problems. Others
reach for the telephone. They look to friends to solve their problems.
(Prayer, Praises and Promises)
Psalm 22:11 Be not far from me, for (term
of explanation - Pause and ask "What is David
explaining?") trouble (Heb = tsarah = tightness, straits, distress,
anguish, intense turmoil; Lxx =
crushing pressure) is near; for (term
of explanation - Pause and ask "What is David
explaining?") there is none to help ('azar; boetheo).
Comment: David rightly recognizes that other than Jehovah Ezer,
there is no real help when one is inner torment of one's soul. We need
soul help and that comes from Jehovah Ezer alone. The language of this
psalm is felt by most commentators to be appropriately applied to the
Spurgeon comments: There are two "fors," as
though faith gave a double knock at mercy's gate; that is a powerful
prayer which is full of holy reasons and thoughtful arguments. The
nearness of trouble is a weighty motive for divine help (Ed: cp
"Jehovah Ezer); this moves our heavenly Father's heart, and brings down
His helping hand. It is His glory to be our very present help in trouble
(Ps 46:1). Our Substitute (Jesus) had trouble in His inmost heart, for He
said, "the waters have come in, even unto my soul;" well might He cry, "be
not far from Me." The absence of all other helpers is another telling
plea. In our Lord's case none either could or would help Him, it was
needful that He should tread the winepress alone; yet was it a sore
aggravation to find that all His disciples had forsaken Him, and lover and
friend were put far from Him. There is an awfulness about absolute
friendlessness which is crushing to the human mind, for man was not made
to be alone, and is like a dismembered limb when he has to endure heart
Psalm 22:19 (NET Bible Translation) But
you, O Jehovah, do not remain far away! You (Jehovah) are my source
of strength! Hurry (hasten) and help (ezrah, boetheia) me!
Comment: The words in
Psalm 22 penned by David are usually interpreted as fulfilled in Jesus
at the time of His crucifixion. And so we see the mystery of Jesus fully
God (Jehovah) and fully Man crying out for His Father's presence and
Spurgeon: Hard cases need timely aid: when necessity justifies it
we may be urgent with God as to time, and cry, "make haste;" but we must
not do this out of willfulness. Mark how in the last degree of personal
weakness he calls the Lord my strength; after this fashion the believer
can sing, "when I am weak, then am I strong." (2Cor 12:9-note)
Psalm 22:24 For He has not
despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden
His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help (Heb = shava - cry
for help; Lxx = krazo - cry out, even when one utters loud cries, without
words capable of being understood by men, but understood by God!), He
Spurgeon: Neither hath he hid
his face from him. That is to say, the hiding was but temporary, and was
soon removed; it was not final and eternal. But when he cried unto
him, he heard. Jesus was heard in that he feared. He cried in extremis
and de profundis, and was speedily answered; he therefore
bids his people join him in singing a Gloria in excelsis. Every
child of God should seek refreshment for his faith in this testimony of
the Man of Sorrows. What Jesus here witnesses is as true today as when it
was first written. It shall never be said that any man's affliction or
poverty prevented his being an accepted suppliant at Jehovah's throne of
grace. The meanest applicant is welcome at mercy's door: -- "None that
approach his throne shall find A God unfaithful or unkind."
YOU HAVE BEEN
Psalm 27:9 Do not hide Thy face from
me, Do not turn Thy servant away in anger; Thou (Jehovah) hast been
my help (ezrah,
boethos) (NIV = You have been my
NLT = You have always been my Helper); Do not abandon me nor forsake
me, O God of my salvation!
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the LORD will take me up.
Comment: The Hebrew reads more literally "You
has become" which speaks
of the psalmist's assurance of his past experience with Jehovah. In other
words, he is declaring that God was there as his
in times past. The psalmist uses his remembrance of God's past "help"
as reason why God should befriend him now.
When faced with distress, do
you recall the past
of Jehovah? It is a good spiritual discipline to develop, for such
memories provide a firm ground for boldly approaching His throne of grace.
And so the psalmist had reason to conclude "O God of my salvation"
for Jehovah had been his help in times past, a
in time of trouble, and one Whose hand is not so short that it cannot save
and Whose power is the ever the same to come to our aid and provide
upon hearing the sound of our cry, be it bold and loud or weak and feeble.
He is always attentive to the voice of His dear children, beloved.
Perhaps you need to begin a journal
today, recording the instances of Jehovah's past
in preparation for the sure need we will all have of calling out for His
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C H Spurgeon
comments: IN times of distress it is somewhat a difficulty to have a
choice of helpers, because while we are making our selection, the danger
may have overtaken us. While the fox was considering which way to run, the
hounds had seized him; while the sick man was selecting the physician, and
judging of the medicine, his disease carried him off. It is well to be
shut up to one sole help, if that help is all we need; it is for our
good, in such a case, to have no alternative, but to have, as the old
proverb hath it, Hobson’s choice — that or none. The believer is exactly
in that condition; he must trust in his God, or remain without hope. He
dares not look to others as he once did, for he has discovered their
incompetence; he cannot rely upon himself as once he was foolish enough to
do, for he has learned by bitter experience the folly of self-confidence.
He is compelled to look to the Lord alone. Blessed is that wind which
drives the ship into the harbour, blessed is that wave which washes the
mariner upon the rock of safety, and blessed is that distress which forces
a man to rest only in his God. Such was the condition of the psalmist
(David) when he wrote the text, his spirit looked to God alone; in his
past experience the goodness of the Lord shone forth as the pole star of
his life’s voyage, and, therefore, as to the future, he fixed his eye
steadily on that one sure guiding light, and trusted in the God of his
salvation. (A Mighty Plea)
you pray, have a plea ready, a plea that is available under all
circumstances and conditions. Have a plea of your own, not one borrowed
from others and perhaps only half suited to your specific needs. Have a
plea that wells up from your inner consciousness, your personal plea,
heavy in your own soul. Have a plea that allows you to come before the
throne of grace with confidence and boldness (He 4:16-note). Have a simple plea, one you can understand. When you are in doubt, you
are in a fog and you need a clear chart. When you plead with God during
times of trouble, you want your plea to be clear, or else you will be so
confused that you will not be able to prevail.
Pray like this, “You
have been my
do not leave me nor forsake me”
This is a plain, personal, suitable, simple argument, one that is not
fetched from a distance but grown at home in personal experience. What
would we have done without the Lord’s
in time of need? God has greatly displayed His power and His mercy on our
behalf. Many of you whose heads are covered with the silver hair of age
will say with tearful emphasis, “You have been my
Those of you in middle life, battling with its care and trials, can
confess, “The Lord has been my
Young people, even in their short conflict, have received such aid that
they gladly proclaim, “You have been my
Look back on the trouble that God has brought you through. Can you
remember the times when your feet had almost gone and your steps had
nearly slipped? Then say, with thankful emotion and confidence, “You
have been my help.”
sermon on Psalm 27:9 -
A Mighty Plea
Psalm 28:7 The LORD (Jehovah) is
my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped
('azar; boetheo); Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall
Spurgeon: Heart work is sure work; heart trust is never
disappointed. Faith must come before help, but help will
never be long behindhand. Every day the believer may say, "I am helped,"
for the divine assistance is vouchsafed (granted to) us every moment, or
we should go back unto perdition; when more manifest help is
needed, we have but to put faith into exercise, and it will be given us.
Spurgeon: “My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped.” Here, too, we
have both inward and outward, as I told you before—“My heart trusted in
Him,” that is work done indoors, within the soul. “I am helped,” that is
mercy received outdoors, openly and actually. Notice the scrupulous
loyalty of the Believer whose entire confidence is centered in God. “My
heart trusted.” I did not say, ‘I trusted,’ as one who makes a profession
with his lips, but rather with strong conviction and profound emotion, “my
heart trusted.” Has it been so with you of late? Has your heart been
trusting in God? That is a very strong expression of the Prophet when he
speaks of the heart going a whoring from God. The language is vehement
even to coarseness, but it is none too forcible, for it involves the
commission of a spiritual uncleanness when the heart trusts any other
helper than God. “My heart trusted in Him.” Oh, it is so easy for the
heart to get to trusting in itself! And he that trusts his own heart is a
fool! It is frightfully easy for the heart to rely upon man, as we know
right well! Did you ever notice the middle verse of the whole Bible? It is
the eighth verse of the 118th Psalm (Ps 118:8)—“It is better to trust in
the Lord than to put confidence in man.” The comparison will not bear a
thought, the preference is infinite—for confidence in man will betray your
hopes, but faith in God will enrich you beyond your expectations! May our
heart always keep to that—trusting God—trusting in God alone. “My heart
trusted in Him.” In the next clause of the sentence, which is the outward
manifestation of the inward experience, we have the result—“I am helped.”
If I had been writing this Psalm of my own head, I think I should have
written it thus—“My heart trusted
in Him, and I was helped,” for it is a rule in composition that if you
bracket two sentences together you should write them in the same tense.
But, as old Master Trapp says, faith has no tenses, because faith deals
with a God who has no tenses except the present, for His name is, “I AM.”
Faith does not say, “I trusted in Him and I was helped.” No, she has all
former mercy present before her eyes and she sings, “I am helped.” Nor
does Faith say, “My heart trusted in Him, and I shall be helped.” Perhaps
the needed help has not yet arrived, but she is so sure that it will come
that she cries, “I am helped! Am I as poor as I was before I prayed? No, I
am not, for I have obtained the blessing I asked for. I appear to be as
weak as I was before I trusted Him, but I am not, for the Lord is my
strength and, having trusted in Him, I am helped.” I wish we lived more in
that blessed present tense in which God dwells! (A
Spurgeon's sermon on Psalm 28:7:
A Sacred Solo
Ps 30:2, 10 O LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You
healed me....10 "Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me; O LORD, be my
helper. ('azar; boethos)"
Comment: In Ps 30:10, the literal Hebrew reads "Jehovah Helper
be." Observe also two aspects of God's glorious character - Helper and
Healer. We need both! See related resource:
Jehovah Rapha: (Jehovah Rophe) The
LORD our Healer
soul waits for the LORD; He is
help ('ezer, boethos) and
Comment: In the Lxx the verb waits is
= continually) indicating that the psalmist maintains
his belief or course of action in the face of opposition, standing his
ground for Jehovah his Help!
Spurgeon: Note the three "ours" in the text. These holdfast
words are precious.
Personal possession makes the
Christian man; all else is mere talk.
JEHOVAH OUR HELP
Psalm 35:2 (Addressed to Jehovah) Take hold of buckler and shield, and
rise up for my help (ezrah;
Spurgeon's Comment: (Jehovah) is
pictured armed for battle, and interposing Himself between His servant and
His enemies. The greater and lesser protections of providence may be here
intended by the two defensive weapons, and by Jehovah’s standing up is
meant His active and zealous preservation of His servant in peril. The
psalmist thought of God as a real personage, truly working for His
afflicted. (Ed: Beloved, do
you truly see God as your Jehovah Ezer, the One who takes personal
interest in your times of spiritual warfare and works all things out for good for
Psalm 37:40 Jehovah helps (azar; boetheo) them and
delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because
they take refuge in Him.
Spurgeon: In all future time
Jehovah will stand up for his chosen. Our Great Ally will bring up his
forces in the heat of the battle. He shall deliver them from the wicked.
As he rescued Daniel from the lions, so will he preserve his beloved from
their enemies; they need not therefore fret, nor be discouraged.
(imperative = command) to help (Ezrah;
Boetheia) me, O Lord, my salvation! (cp
similar prayer in Ps 40:13, 17)
would prove destruction. The poor pleader was far gone and ready to
expire; only speedy help would serve his turn. Affliction gives new life
to our pleading, and drives us with eagerness to our God.
Related Resource: Spurgeon's
sermon on Ps 38:1-22 -
Things to be Remembered
Be pleased, O Jehovah, to deliver me.
haste, O Jehovah to help ('ezra;
Comment: More literally the Hebrew reads "O Jehovah to help (ezrah)
hasten" which parallels Jehovah 'Ezer, the LORD my help.
are both imperatives (commands),
which may surprise us because we don't normally think of commanding God to
doe anything! However because of the shed blood of Jesus, we have bold
entrance to God's presence and can "draw near with confidence
(boldness) to the throne of grace, that we
may receive mercy and may find grace to help (boétheia)
in time of need." (Heb 4:16-note)
Spurgeon's sermon on Psalm 40:12,13:
Out of the Depths
Psalm 40:17 Since I am
afflicted and needy, Let the Lord be mindful of me; Thou art my help
Boethos) and my deliverer; Do not
delay, O my God.
Spurgeon sermons on Ps 40:17: (1)
The Happy Beggar (2)
Sunlight for Cloudy Days
(imperative = command), be our help
Boetheo = in Lxx boetheo is an aorist
= command) us for the sake of Thy lovingkindness.
AN EVER NEAR HELP!
Psalm 46:1 For the choir director. A
Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and
strength, a very present help (ezrah;
boethos) in trouble (Heb = tsarah =
straits, distress, anguish; Lxx =
Comment: God is our Jehovah
Ezer. God is also “abundantly available for help in tight
places”. Blessed are we when we realize that our safety and protection lie
not in riches or armies but in Jehovah alone! The next word in Ps 46:2 is
therefore which is a
term of conclusion.
Whenever you encounter the conjunction therefore, pause and ask what the author is
concluding, why, why now, etc (See
As you develop this skill of "chewing" the Scripture by recognizing
connecting words (see also
terms of explanation,
terms of contrast,
terms of comparison)
and asking questions (See
John Piper's exhortation regarding the value of querying the text),
you can know that you are beginning to practice the blessed discipline of
Meditation (see God's promises when we meditate on His Word -
see Ps 1:1-note,
He never withdraws Himself from his afflicted. He is their help, He is
present or near them, close at the side and ready for their succor, and
this is emphasized by the word very. He is more present than friend
or relative can be, closer even than the trouble itself. His assistance
comes at the needed time....
(Jehovah Ezer is) One Who is near at
hand; always near, but nearest when He is most needed.
sermon Ps 46:1-3 -
Earthquake, but not
Warren Wiersbe comments on Ps 46:1: This assurance from the Lord ought to take care of
all of our fears and problems. God is our refuge--He hides us. God is our
strength--He helps us. These two go together. At times in our lives we
need a refuge. The storm is blowing and the battle is raging, and we have
to run somewhere to hide. It's not a sin to hide, but it is a sin to stay
hidden. God hides us so that He can help us. Then we can return to the
battle and face the storm. This is not escape but rejuvenation.
The Old Testament contains 21 different Hebrew words for trouble.
Here the word trouble means "in tight places." If you are in a tight place
today, let me suggest that you run by faith to Jesus. But don't go to Him
to escape. Go there and tell Him, "Lord, I want to go back to the battle.
I want to go back to my work. I want to carry the burdens of life, but you
have to give me the strength." Then you can claim this marvelous promise
of Psalm 46:1.
Notice the conclusion: "Therefore we will not fear" (Ps 46:2). When
God is available as your refuge and your strength, you have nothing to
fear. Take time to run to the Lord.
Are circumstances overwhelming you? Take refuge in the Lord. He will
enable you to continue with renewed strength and confidence. (Wiersbe, W:
Prayer, Praise and Promises on Ps 46:1)
Psalm 46:5 God is in the midst
of her (Jerusalem, the City of God, Ps 46:4), she will not be moved; God
will help (azar, boetheo) her when morning dawns.
Psalm 54:4 Behold, God is my helper (azar, boetheo); The
Lord is the sustainer of my soul.
Psalm 63:7 For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your
wings I sing for joy.
Comment: "For" is a term of explanation (a pause to query "for's"
will often lead to keen insights) which explains why he meditates on God.
Spurgeon: Meditation had refreshed his memory and recalled to him
his past deliverances. It were well if we oftener read our own diaries,
especially noting the hand of the Lord in helping us in suffering,
want, labour, or dilemma. This is the grand use of memory, to furnish us
with proofs of the Lord's faithfulness, and lead us onward to a growing
confidence in Him. (Ed: Do
you have a notebook to record the Lord's lovingkindnesses in your life?
You really should consider it, for past remembrances of His divine help,
undergirds our trust and assurance of His help in present affliction.)
Spurgeon's sermon on Ps 63:7:
Experience and Assurance
Psalm 70:1 For the choir director. A Psalm of David; for a
memorial. O God, hasten to deliver me; O LORD, hasten to my help
(ezra; boetheia)!...5 But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O
God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.
Comment: Note David's personal possession ("my...") of the
truth of Jehovah as his Help! In Ps 70:1 the literal order of the Hebrew
is "Jehovah to help hasten"
Psalm 60:11 (A prayer to God, Jehovah
Ezer) O give us help (Ezrah;
boetheia) against the adversary, for
deliverance by man is in vain. 12 Through God we shall do valiantly, and
it is He who will tread down our adversaries (LXX = Greek verb
thlibo = literally to press together or hem in, which figuratively
pictures sufferings that arise from the pressure of circumstances or from
the antagonism of persons)
Comment: David acknowledged that
victory had to come from God. The Israelites could not obtain it without
His help. Who do you cry out to for help? On whose strength do you draw,
the Lord's or your own? The source of your help and your strength will
determine whether you experience victory or defeat.
MacDonald Comments: The
believer’s enemies are the world, the flesh and the devil. In himself he
is powerless to conquer them. And the help of other men is
insufficient, no matter how well-meaning they might be. But there is
victory through the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who trust in Him for
deliverance will never be disappointed. (MacDonald,
W & Farstad, A. Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson or
Psalm 63:7 For Thou (Jehovah) hast been
my help (Ezrah;
Boethos), and in the shadow of Thy wings
I sing for joy.
sermon on Psalm 63:7 -
Experience and Assurance
Psalm 70:1 For the choir director. A
Psalm of David; for a memorial. O God, hasten to deliver me; O LORD,
hasten to my help (ezraj'
here for note)
David is urging the Lord to make haste to deliver him. He is crying out
for immediate help.
Spurgeon adds that: It is not
forbidden us, in hours of dire distress, to ask for speed on God’s part in
his coming to rescue us...It is most fitting that we should day by day cry
to God for deliverance and help; our frailty and our many dangers render
this a perpetual necessity." (Treasury of David)
Warren Wiersbe asks: Has God
ever been slow in your life? He was in David's. This undoubtedly was one
of the psalms written when David was being harassed by King Saul. So he
cries out, "Lord, why don't You do something? You're being awfully slow."
Have you ever pondered the delays of
God? He is never in a hurry, but once He starts to work, watch out! He
patiently accomplishes His work. David pleads, "Make haste, make haste"
(Ps 70:1). He repeats his plea in Ps 70:5 : "I am poor and needy; make
haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do
not delay." If right now it seems as though God is tarrying instead of
working, if it seems as though He is delaying instead of acting, what
should you do? Seek Him and wait on Him and love Him. Ps 70:4 says it
beautifully: "Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and
let those who love Your salvation say continually, 'Let God be
magnified!"' We've seen that phrase before. David, when he was sinking,
said, "I . . . will magnify Him with thanksgiving" (Ps 69:30).
Here's a good lesson for us. When God is not moving as rapidly as we think
He should, when our timetables do not coincide, what should we do? Rejoice
in Him, love Him and magnify Him. Let Him worry about the timetable. God
is always working, and we know that all things are working together for
good (Ro 8:28). But He waits for the right time to reveal His victories.
Let Him watch the clock.
God's delays are a part of your character-building process. The next time
God gives you a delay, encourage yourself by remembering that He never
stops working for you, and He knows when and how to help you. Submit to
His timetable and His care." (Prayer, Praise and Promises).
Psalm 71:12 O God, do not be far from
me; O my God, hasten to my help (ezrah;
Spurgeon comments: To
call God ours, as having entered into
with us, is a mighty plea in
prayer, and a great stay to our faith.
Psalm 79:9 Help us, O God of our
salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us and forgive our sins
for Your name's sake.
Psalm 86:17 Show me a sign for
good, That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, O
LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
Spurgeon's sermon on Ps 86:17:
Tokens for Good
Psalm 88:13 But I, O LORD, have cried out to You for help,
And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
Spurgeon's sermon on Ps 88:13:
Heman’s Sorrowful Psalm
Psalm 94:17: If the LORD had not been
my help (ezrah;
boetheo), My soul would soon have dwelt
in the abode of silence.
Comment: When God is your
Help, when you have the strength of God that comes from His Word, you
can stand up against the sin in this world.
Psalm 102:1 A Prayer of the
Afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD.
Hear my prayer, O LORD! And let my cry for help come to You.
Psalm 108:12 (Ed: A prayer to
Jehovah) Oh give us help (ezrah;
boetheia) against the adversary, For
deliverance by man is in vain.
(command) me, O LORD my God;
(command) me according to Your lovingkindness (Jehovah's mercy is the
foundation for these prayerful commands)
Psalm 115:9 O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help
and their shield. 10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their
help and their shield.11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He
is their help and their shield.
Psalm 118:7 The LORD is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.
Psalm 118:13 You pushed me violently so that I was falling, But the
Jehovah helped (azar) me.
Spurgeon's sermon on Ps 118:13-14:
An Epistle Illustrated by a Psalm
All Your commandments are faithful; They have persecuted me with a lie;
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.
Let Your hand be ready to help me, For
I have chosen Your precepts.
Let my soul live that it may praise You, And let Your ordinances help me.
A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my
eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? 2 My help
comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124:8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made
heaven and earth.
How blessed is he whose help is
the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Isaiah 41:10 'Do not fear, for I
am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will
strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you
with My righteous right hand.'...13 "For I am the LORD your God,
who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, 'Do not fear, I will help
you.' 14 "Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel; I will
help you," declares the LORD, "and your Redeemer is the Holy One of
Spurgeon's sermon on Isaiah 41:10:
Away with Fear
Spurgeon's sermon on Isaiah 41:10:
The Sweet Harp of Consolation
Spurgeon's sermon on Isaiah 41:14:
Spurgeon's sermon on Isaiah 41:14:
Isaiah 44:2 Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the
womb, who will help you, 'Do not fear, O Jacob My servant; And you
Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
Spurgeon's sermon on Isaiah 44:1-5:
A Promise for Us and For Our Children
Isaiah 49:8 Thus says the LORD, "In a favorable time I have
answered You, And in a day of salvation I have helped You; And I
will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people, To restore the
land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages;
Comment: Paul quotes this verse
in 2Cor 6:2.
Spurgeon's sermon on Isaiah 49:8:
Christ in the Everlasting Covenant
Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord GOD
helps Me, Therefore, I am not disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face
like flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
Spurgeon's sermon on Isaiah 50:7:
The Redeemer’s Face Set Like a Flint
Isaiah 50:9 Behold, the Lord GOD helps Me; Who is he who
condemns Me? Behold, they will all wear out like a garment; The moth will
Hosea 13:9 It is your destruction, O Israel, That you are against
Me, against your help.
Jonah 2:2 and he said, "I called out of my distress to the LORD,
And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You
heard my voice.
Habakkuk 1:2 How long, O LORD, will I call for help, And You
will not hear? I cry out to You, "Violence!" Yet You do not save.
A SHORT, POWERFUL
PRAYER FOR JESUS' HELP
Matthew 15:25 But she (a Canaanite woman) came and began to bow
= to bow down, prostrate one's self, many times used in context of worship
[note Mt 15:25KJV rendering] and certainly an act of humility in this
context, throwing herself at Jesus' feet, the best place to be!) before
Him, saying, "Lord,
= command to
continually help) me!"
Comment: Note that this woman's
initial prayer (Mt 15:22) was not answered, she drew closer (at Jesus'
feet) and her prayer grew shorter. Spurgeon quipped "I think when
prayers grow shorter, they grow stronger. There is often more proof of
earnestness in a short prayer than there is in a long one; glibness of
speech is not prevalence in intercession!" This poor Canaanite woman
shames us all in that she recognized her great need for Jesus' help,
she believed in His ability to help her and she boldly cried out
for His help. God
grant that we would all
more often be like this poor woman ever in urgent need of Jehovah Jesus'
help! When was the last time you cried "Lord, help me!"
Spurgeon in a sermon on this text said: his woman had no need to
omit any of her words, for she was not in a state of mind to utter a
sentence that could be pruned of a single word. She was in such a
condition that every word that came out of her mouth was like hot shot
poured out of her heart. I had almost said that every letter, as well as
every syllable and every word she uttered, was coined in blood. She
speaks, at any rate, burning language, at blood heat; and the words, as
they drop into my ear, come with a kind of overpowering force, so great is
their intensity: “Lord, help me.” There is not a syllable to spare;
the words are all short, simple, living, burning, from the first one to
the last. I like this kind of pleading, and I commend it to you who are
inured to pain and sufferings, or who have to do with this rough world, as
many of you have. You find that, in your time of distress, you have to
throw away a great many merely ornamental things, and you only keep what
is real, solid, and substantial. Here is a woman who must deal in
realities, for she has at home a real daughter, really tormented by a real
devil; and she believes that before her there is a real Savior, and she
intends not to let him slip away through any want of intensity on her
part. She follows him with clamorous cries; if she be repulsed, she still
pursues him, and when, at last, he gives her what looks like a wry word,
she will not believe it; but she adores him, she worships him, and she
cries out of the depths of her soul, “Lord, help me.” (A
Prayer for Everybody)
Mark 9:22 "It has often thrown
him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can
do anything, take pity on us and help us!" 23 And Jesus said
to him, "'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes." 24
Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help
Spurgeon's sermon on Mark 9:22-23:"If
You Can”-“If You Can”
Spurgeon's sermon on Mark 9:23:
Luke 1:54 "He has given help to Israel His servant, In
remembrance of His mercy,
Luke 4:38 Then He got up and
left the synagogue, and entered Simon's home. Now Simon's mother-in-law
was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him to help her.
Spurgeon's sermon on Luke 4:38-39:
Fever and Its Cure
Acts 26:22 "So, having obtained help from God, I stand to
this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the
Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;
Romans 8:26 In the same way the
Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as
we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too
deep for words;
Spurgeon's sermon on Romans 8:26:
The Holy Spirit’s Intercession
2 Corinthians 6:2 for He says, "AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED
TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED (boetheo) YOU."
Behold, now is "THE ACCEPTABLE TIME," behold, now is "THE DAY OF SALVATION
Spurgeon's sermon on 2 Cor 6:2:
The Day of Salvation
For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help
to the descendant of Abraham.
Spurgeon's sermon on Hebrews 2:16:
Men Chosen—Fallen Angels Rejected
For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able
to come to the aid (help = boetheo) of those who are tempted.
Spurgeon's sermon on Hebrews 2:18:
Christ’s Sympathy with His People
Spurgeon's sermon on Hebrews 2:18:
The Suffering Savior’s Sympathy
Spurgeon's sermon on Hebrews 2:18:
A Tempted Savior—Our Best Succor
GRACE JUST IN TIME
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that
we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need ("in
the nick of time!").
Spurgeon's sermon on Hebrews 4:16:
“The Throne of Grace”
Spurgeon's sermon on Hebrews 4:16:
Boldness at the Throne
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being
content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT
YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU," 6 so that (term
- Remember to ask the
e.g., what is he concluding? why can he be confident?, etc) we confidently
say, "THE LORD IS MY HELPER (boethos), I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT
WILL MAN DO TO ME?"
Comment: Using the expanded
definition of boethos, we can rephrase the passage "The Lord is the One
Who runs to my aid on hearing my cry for help."
Spurgeon's sermon on Hebrews 13:5-6:
Never, No Never, No Never”
Spurgeon's sermon on Hebrews 13:5-6:
A Vile Weed and a Fair Flower
Isaiah 10:3 Now what will you do in the
day of punishment, And in the devastation which will come from afar? To
whom will you flee for help (ezrah;
boetheo)? And where will you leave your
Isaiah 20:6 So the inhabitants of this
coastland will say in that day, 'Behold, such is our hope, where we fled
for help (ezrah;
boetheia) to be delivered from the king
of Assyria; and we, how shall we escape?
Isaiah 31:1 Woe to those who go down to
Egypt for help (ezrah;
boetheia), and rely on horses, and trust
in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very
strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek Jehovah!
Comment: The clear
implication is that help is not in Egypt, but in Jehovah Ezer.
HELP IS FOUND ONLY IN
From the preceding passages, we can see
clearly that the concept of "Jehovah's Help" is a foundational
biblical truth. The truth is that man is not self-sufficient but is in
great need for help from beyond himself. In short, our Help is found only
in God Himself, our Jehovah Ezer.
C H SPURGEON
RELATED TO DIVINE "HELP"
"Some of you are called to some
extraordinary duty and do not feel strong enough. Follow that call, for
surely the Lord is in that place. He will
you. His arm will not be far off, so lean on Him. His divine strength is
not remote, because “surely the Lord is in this place."
(CHS comments on Jacob's declaration in Ge 28:16-other
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cometh from heaven’s hills: without Jesus I can do nothing. As a branch
cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I,
except I abide in him. What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn
this morning in my closet: “Salvation is of the Lord.” (CHS
Morning and evening : Daily readings - February 26 AM)
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"Do you remember how David talked to
himself as if he were another person? “Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise
Him for the help of His countenance” (Ps 42:5-resources). You see, there are two Davids talking and cheering one another. We should always be good company
with ourselves. We should always be able to interrogate ourselves, and in
deep sorrow we should be able to comfort ourselves."
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"O poor friend, try your rich God. O
one, lean on His help.
He has never failed me, and I am sure He will never fail you. Come as a
beggar, and God will not refuse you
Come with no plea but His grace. Jesus is King; will He let you perish of
want? What! Did you forget this?"
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When you are in distress, take a
promise and see if it is true. If you have nothing to eat, take this
promise: “Bread will be given him, his water will be sure” (Isaiah
When there is nothing in the kitchen, say, “I will see if God will keep
this promise.” If He does, do not forget it. Set it down in your diary,
or mark it in your Bible. Be like the old saint who put T and P beside the
promises. She told her pastor that it meant tried and proven. When she was
again in distress, she believed that God would
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It is beautiful to see how the
saints of old found comfort in God. When painful difficulties came, when
troubles multiplied, when friends failed, and when earthly comforts were
removed, they looked to the Lord, to the Lord alone. To them, God was a
present reality. They looked to Him as their rock of refuge, their
their defense, and their very present
help in time of trouble
We can learn a valuable lesson from them. Lean on God and hold onto Him
when heart and flesh are failing.
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When you are in trouble, ask God for
help. Ask believing that He is able to give it. Ask expecting that He will
bestow it. Do not grieve the Spirit of God with doubts and mistrust. These
things will be fiery arrows in your soul to drink away the very life of
your strength. However hard the struggle, however difficult the trial,
seek the Lord, and seek Him in the confidence He deserves. Depend only on
the arm invisible, the arm omnipotent. Be a scholar in the school of
faith. Become proficient in the divine art of prayer and praise.
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Remember what God has done for you
and then say, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”
pleading the promise and confessing our condition, we may say, “Lord, if
does come, it must come from You. It cannot come from anywhere else, so we
look to You. We believe help
will come. Though we do not know how it will come, we are looking to You.
Though we do not know when, we are looking to You. Though we do not know
what You would have us to do, still we are looking to You. Our eyes may be
full of tears, but they are on You.” My brothers and sisters, may God
help us to look to Him.
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"Perhaps you have been reduced to
such conditions that all you could do was pray. You wrestled at the throne
and sought an answer, but it did not come. You used every effort to
extricate yourself, but darkness covered your way again and again; you
tried until hope vanished. Adding vows to your prayers, you said in agony,
“Oh God, if You will deliver me this time, I will never again doubt
You.” Look back on the path of your pilgrimage. You may be able to count
as many blessings as there are mile markers, blessings piled up with oil
poured on them—places where you said, “The Lord has
Look through your diary to see time after time when perils and demands
were so great that no earthly source could help and you felt compelled to
witness that there is a God—a God who guides your path and is acquainted
with all your ways (Psalm 32:8-resources)."
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Related Resource: Doug Goins Sermon -
The Rejected Help of God
THE LORD MY HELP
I Lift My Eyes Up
I Lift My Eyes - Bebo Norman
I Lift My Eyes Up - Ps 121 -Brian
I Lift My Eyes Up - Annie Buell (Also
Entitled: "He Is Over Me")
My Help - very nice
My Help - Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
My Help - Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir -
Another Video version on Youtube
Psalm 121 non-English but
very beautiful instrumental - read Psalm 121 & listen
IN AGES PAST
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Our God, our
in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come,
Our Shelter from the stormy blast,
And our Eternal Home.
Our God, our Help
in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come,
Be Thou our Guard while troubles last
And our Eternal Home.
IS OUR GOD
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fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our Helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
A mighty fortress is our God, a trusty shield and weapon;
He helps us free from every need that hath us now overtaken.
The old evil foe now means deadly woe; deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight; on Earth is not his equal.
MORE HYMNS RELATED TO
THE LORD MY HELP
O God, the Help of All Thy Saints
O God, the
of all Thy saints,
Our hope in time of ill:
We trust Thee, though Thy face be hid,
And seek Thy presence still.
All our desires to Thee are known;
is ever near;
O first prepare our hearts to pray,
And then accept our prayer!
How Pleasant, How Divinely Fair
Bless’d are the men whose hearts
To find the way to Sion’s gate;
God is their strength, and through the road
They lean upon their
Fierce Was the Storm of Wind
So now, when depths of sin,
Our souls with terrors fill,
Arise, and be our
And speak Thy “Peace, be still.”
My Light and My Salvation
Hear now my voice and answer; be
merciful I pray.
Your face, Lord, I seek daily; do not turn me away.
For You have been my
do not reject me, God.
Though family may forsake me, I know that you will not.
A Shelter in the Time of Storm
O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our
A Shelter in the time of storm.
We Pray Thee, Heavenly Father
Be Thou our Guide and
O Jesu Christ, we pray;
So may we well approach Thee, if Thou wilt be the Way:
Thou, very Truth, hast promised to
us in our strife,
Food of the weary pilgrim, eternal Source of life.
Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me?
Though a heavy cross I’m bearing
And my heart feels the smart,
Shall I be despairing?
Who doth send it,
Well doth know all my woe
And how best to end it.
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
The Lord is just, a
Mercy is ever at His side,
His kingly crown is holiness,
His scepter, pity in distress,
The end of all our woe He brings;
Wherefore the earth is glad and sings:
We praise Thee, Savior, now,
Mighty in deed art Thou!
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
Behold, the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near;
The Savior of the world is here!
just He comes to thee,
His chariot is humility,
His kingly crown is holiness,
His scepter, pity in distress.
Father, Who Art Alone
Father, Who art alone
and our Stay;
O hear us! as we plead
For loved ones far away;
And shield with Thine almighty hand
Our wanderers by sea and land.
Awhile in Spirit, Lord, to Thee
O Thou once tempted like as we,
Thou knowest our infirmity;
Be Thou our
in the strife,
Be Thou our true, our inward Life.
What Time I Am Afraid
In God I put my trust,
I neither doubt nor fear,
For man can never harm
With God my
O Lord, by Thee Delivered
What profit if I perish, if life Thou
dost not spare?
Shall dust repeat Thy praises, shall it Thy truth declare?
O Lord, on me have mercy, and my petition hear;
That Thou mayst be my
in mercy, Lord, appear.
Jehovah, My God, on Thy Help I Depend
Jehovah, my God, on Thy
From all that pursue me O save and defend;
Lest they like a lion should rend me at will:
While no one is near me their raging to still.
For He will deliver the needy when he
cries for help,
The afflicted also, and him who has no
(Heb = 'azar;
Spurgeon writes that
cries; what else can he do? His cry is heard of God; what else need he do?
Let the needy reader take to crying at once, for this will be his wisdom. Do
not cry in the ears of friends; for even if they can
you, it is only because the Lord enables them. The nearest way is to go
straight to God, and let your cry come up before Him. Straightforward makes
the best runner: run to the Lord, and not to secondary causes. “Alas!” you
cry, “I have no friend or
helper.” So much the better;
you can rely upon God in both capacities—as without supplies and without
Make your double need your double plea. Even for temporal mercies you may
wait upon God, for He careth for His children in these temporary concerns.
As for spiritual necessities, which are the heaviest of all, the Lord will
hear your cry and will deliver you and supply you. O poor friend, try your
rich God. O helpless one, lean on His
He has never failed me, and I am sure He will never fail you. Come as a
beggar, and God will not refuse you
Come with no plea but His grace. Jesus is King; will He let you perish of
want? What! Did you forget this?”
(Faith's Checkbook. May 23)
Do not fear,
you worm Jacob, you men of Israel;
I will help
you,” declares the Lord, “
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of
(Help: Heb = 'azar; Gk =
The Lxx translates "help"
with "boethéo" so we could paraphrase God's promise as " I will run on hearing your cry and give
assistance to you".
writes in Morning and evening : Daily readings (January 16 AM)
This morning let us hear the
Lord Jesus speak to each one of us: “I will
thee.” “It is but a small thing for me, thy God, to
thee. Consider what I have done already. What! not
thee? Why, I bought thee with my blood. What! not
thee? I have died for thee; and if I have done the greater, will I not do
the less? Help
thee! It is the least thing I will ever do for thee; I have done more, and
will do more. Before the world began I chose thee. I made the covenant for
thee. I laid aside my glory and became a man for thee; I gave up my life
for thee; and if I did all this, I will surely
thee now. In helping
thee, I am giving thee what I have bought for thee already. If thou hadst
need of a thousand times as much
I would give it thee; thou requirest little compared with what I am ready
to give. ’Tis much for thee to need, but it is nothing for me to bestow. ‘Help
thee?’ Fear not! If there were an ant at the door of thy granary asking
it would not ruin thee to give him a handful of thy wheat; and thou art
nothing but a tiny insect at the door of my all-sufficiency. ‘I will
thee.’” O my soul, is not this enough? Dost thou need more strength
than the omnipotence of the United Trinity? Dost thou want more wisdom
than exists in the Father, more love than displays itself in the Son, or
more power than is manifest in the influences of the Spirit? Bring hither
thine empty pitcher! Surely this well will fill it. Haste, gather up thy
wants, and bring them here—thine emptiness, thy woes, thy needs. Behold,
this river of God is full for thy supply; what canst thou desire beside?
Go forth, my soul, in this thy might. The Eternal God is thine
Fear not, I
am with thee, oh, be not dismayed!
I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid.
Do not fear, for
I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
(Help: Heb = 'azar; Gk =
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
The Lxx translates "help"
with "boethéo" so we could paraphrase God's promise as " I will
strengthen you, surely I will [run on hearing your cry and give
assistance] to you". Do you believe this promise, beloved?
Read Spurgeon's explanation of what makes this promise so powerful and
Spurgeon writes in Faith's Checkbook
(Jan 6) that...
Yesterday’s promise secured us strength for what we
have to do, but this guarantees us aid in cases where we cannot act alone.
The Lord says, “I will
help thee.” Strength within is
supplemented by help from without. God can raise us up allies in
our warfare if it seems good in His sight and even if He does not send us
human assistance, He Himself will be at our side, and this is better
still. “Our August (marked by majestic dignity or grandeur) Ally”
is better than legions of mortal
He is a very present help in
time of trouble (Ps
is very wise:
He knows how to give what is
good for us (Jas 1:17-note)
though futile is the help of
is more than help:
He carries all the burdens and
supplies all the needs.
“The Lord is my Helper; I
will not fear.
What can man do unto me?”
Because He has
already been our help,
we feel confidence in Him for the present and the future.
Our prayer is
“Lord, be my
Helper” (Ps 30:10-note).
“The Spirit also
in our weaknesses” (Ro
Our expectation is
“I will lift up my eyes to
from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth”
Our song will be,
“Thou, O LORD, hast
helped me and comforted me." (Ps 86:17-note)
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Christ hath the
The glorious work is done;
Oh Him our help is laid;
By Him our victory won.
Captivity is captive led;
For Jesus liveth that was dead.
character be free from the love of money, being content with
what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor
will I ever forsake you,” So we may confidently say, "The LORD is my
I will not be afraid."
When God Almighty is our
Helper, none can harm us beyond what He decrees. Paul adds that "If God
is for us, who can be against us?" (Ro 8:31-note)
Spurgeon writes that
God will never leave nor forsake us, we may well be content with such things
as we have. Since the Lord is ours, we cannot be left without a friend, a
treasure, and a dwelling place. This assurance may make us feel quite
independent of men. Under such high patronage, we do not feel tempted to
cringe before our fellow men and ask of them permission to call our lives
our own; but what we say, we boldly say and defy contradiction. He who fears
God has nothing else to fear. We should stand in such awe of the living Lord
that all the threats that can be used by the proudest persecutor should have
no more effect upon us than the whistling of the wind. Man in these days
cannot do so much against us as he could when the apostle wrote the verse at
the head of this page. Racks and stakes are out of fashion. Giant Pope
cannot burn the pilgrims now. If the followers of false teachers try cruel
mockery and scorn, we do not wonder at it, for the men of this world cannot
love the heavenly seed. What then? We must bear the world’s scorn. It breaks
no bones. God helping
us, let us be bold; and when the world rages let it rage, but let us not
fear it." (Faith's Checkbook.