Greetings in the name of the one who desires to be called upon in times of need,
Psalm 124:8 (MSG) – Larger reading: Psalm 124:1-8
“God’s strong name is our help, the same God who made heaven and earth.”
My son, Timothy Wayne, was either 4 or 5 at the time. He was sitting on the floor in our family room playing with his blocks. He was attempting to build a large tall tower. He’d get it about halfway up and it would fall. This happened time after time after time. It was obvious that he was starting to get frustrated and so, as his loving father, I got down on the floor to help him … help he hadn’t asked for. It was at that point that he turned to me and said, with as much authority that any 4 or 5 year old could muster: “I do it myself!”
They are just three simple words. Three words that are so power, but are extremely hard to utter… I NEED HELP! Why is it so hard to ask for help or to accept it when it is offered? Could it be that we don’t wish to be a burden? Could it be that we are fiercely independent … after all our fore-parents were Puritans … bless their hearts.
We just need to get over ourselves. Stop playing the stoic martyr game and face the facts that we can’t make it through this life without assistance. Yes, I know that we cherish our independence and don’t wish to having to rely on anyone at anytime for anything. We just need to get over ourselves.
God, in his wisdom, created as individuals who couldn’t make it through this life without his presence and assistance … and every time in scripture that the human beings went off on their own they got into horrible and terrible messes … as did my son, Timothy Wayne. He never weighed the risks, but always ventured forth to accomplish the task. Aren’t we the same?
It is at this point that the Psalmist steps in with the declaration that God is our strong helper who created everything. If he created it, then he knows how it should work … and we can trust him for the outcome … if we would but ask … if we would but ask? There in lies our conundrum … the asking … admitting to ourselves that we help. Boy is that hard, but oh, so necessary to make life work.
“Humble people ask for help.” – Joyce Meyer
Every time, Lord, when I cry out for help … you have always been there. Help me get over this insane notion that I can make it in this world by myself. Help me get to the point that I will utter those difficult 3 words – I Need Help!
And the faith journey continues, Pastor Jim
Giving God the Glory
Remember that on Friday at 10:00 we will need help in the sanctuary to prepare it for the Advent/Christmas celebration. Have a wonderful joy-filled Thanksgiving and I’ll see you Friday. O.K.? O.K.!