LORD, do not forsake me;
do not be far from me, my God.
Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.
When we depart from the right ways of God to get into the darkness of sin everything becomes strange and uncomfortable. Being stranded from our Good Shepherd, we realize that we are unprotected and exposed to various attacks of the world, the flesh and Satan. Our trust in the Lord has weakened and the hope that things will go right is lost. Now we can see clearly the dangers that before we could not even realize because we were shielded by the power of the Holy Spirit acting in and directing our lives. The protection has diminished to the point that we no longer feel safe anywhere ever. The enemy knows we are undefended and he makes the most of the opportunity redoubling his attacks with greater fury, knowing that God’s protection will rise again as soon as we cry out to God confessing our sinfulness and seeking his help.
We must always bear in mind that we have been chosen by God and that our place is always with him regardless of the circumstances we have to go through. Christ’s love will always be there to rescue and protect us as soon as we lift up our eyes to him. As the apostle Paul asks, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” And he replies, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What are we waiting for, then, to raise our cry to Him who redeemed us from death and to give us eternal life? Only to God be the glory!Only to God be the glory!
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
to the LORD, but he did not answer.
I beat them as fine as windblown dust;
I trampled them like mud in the streets.
There are people who seek God but never find him just because they seek him with the wrong attitude. Many think God is like the mythical genie trapped in the lamp that goes out to fulfill three wishes each time the lamp is rubbed and is completely at the disposal of his master. These people usually live totally separated from God and only remember him when they encounter some difficulty in their lives. They believe that God will get them out of the hook simply because they have cried out to him and God is obliged to respond positively. Others look to God for certain benefits which in their opinion may seem very convenient, but that in the eyes of God are completely incompatible with his plan and what is expected of them. An example of this is the large number of Christians that include in their prayers that God grant them to win the lottery jackpot, as if that money were to address the spiritual and behavioral problems that affect them. There are also those who seek God as victims, as if they deserve a positive response from God for the many sufferings they have endured.
James, the brother of the Lord Jesus said: “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” Some people ask and do not mention the Lord Jesus at all. He said: “Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” And last but not least, always ask according to God’s will. Other obstacles to effective prayer include the lack of forgiveness, the presence of sin and lack of repentance. God gives good things to those who ask but you have to meet the requirements or your prayer will end up being just mere talk. Seek God with the right attitude and you will get a response from him. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged answer, beating, Christianity, cry, dust, God, help, LORD, mud, salvation, trampling
We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.
Ignorance is something quite dangerous. People who do not know God ─ and even many who do─ are naturally willing to put their hope in anything or anyone. This is how many unscrupulous politicians ─ which one is not? ─ take advantage of this feature of the human race to exploit the ignorant people. Which, by the way it is something that also white-collar crooks do. People put their hope in politicians, warlords, social programs, campaign promises, the lottery jackpot, offers of healing, easy methods to achieve happiness, weight-loss products, saints, witches, horoscopes, psychics, herbs to increase sexual potency, girdles to improve the female figure, creams to remove wrinkles , perfumes to attract mates, capsules that solve all kinds of health problems such as dandruff at the top and corns at the bottom and all that lies between these two afflictions including caries, colitis, cancer and cataracts and financial plans to become a millionaire in a very short time. When people have needs, whoever comes with any offer, whether true or false, will be received with joy and people will pay close attention to him. Whatever the deceiver says , the needy and dispossessed will put their hope in the hope trafficker because they are unaware of who is the only real hope.
Let us stop dreaming and fantasizing and let us put our feet on the ground. The solution is not to create policies to try to solve the problems of society to improve the living conditions of man. Rather, the solution is to transform man so that he in turn transforms society and we can all live in a better world. Neither politics nor religion can do anything for man. Only Jesus Christ has the solution in his hands, dealing with men, one at a time to achieve their transformation by the renewing of their mind and with the love without limits shown on the cross of Mount Calvary. Christ is the only solution, period. Put your hope in him alone. To God alone be the glory!
With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.
For the children of God it should not be a secret that the strength comes from God. It seems simple to say and to understand, but in practice we forget this great truth and believe the lie that we have been fed since childhood. In practice we ended up relying on our own strengths, skills and resources to address the difficulties that stand in our way. Not surprisingly, then, that from time to time we have to stand up to situations whose only purpose is for us to learn how to trust in God and not in our own strength. Do not let pride keep you from listening to the voice of the Spirit of God leading to all obedience and good behavior. Let us always to consider the purpose of the trial and learn how to depend more and more of God.
That with the help of God we can confront armies does not mean that when we find a closed door on our way we have to tear it down. God opens and closes doors and sometimes, even when our purposes look right, God blocks the way for us to lead us in another direction. He knows better than anyone what is best for us and always will be pointing the way for us to find the path of justice and truth. Do not feel afraid of any difficulties that interfere with our progress in the path to God. As long as we go in the right direction God’s strength will be supporting us to overcome all that opposes us. To God alone be the glory!
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbor,
“Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
when you already have it with you.
Selfishness, laziness and indifference, three things that are so characteristic of human nature, are the main contenders of love for the spaces of the heart. To all of us, to a lesser or greater degree, has happened that having the answer to the needs of someone who comes to us for help, we consider the matter as being of little importance and cease to provide the assistance that we should have dutyfully given. By doing this we are completely ignoring the teachings of Jesus in this regard. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” told us the Master and I am sure that none of us would like that when we were to ask someone for help we were denied it.  The Lord Jesus was very emphatic with regard to the help we must always be willing to provide: “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” 
I think the issue has been clear enough for us. To ignorantly or recklessly avoid providing assistance when someone requests it is a sin. Look for opportunities to serve others because that way we serve our Lord and Savior. To God alone be the glory!
 Matthew 7:12
 Matthew 5:42
You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.
When we march at the very center of the path that God has designed for us, his children, we see that our walk has, among other things, the following attributes: protection, support, prosperity and swiftness. We are protected because we are highly regarded in the eyes of God. We have been bought with a price and a very high price, may we add. God will not let what has cost him so much to be lost for not having it protected. So he zealously cares for his valuable acquisition at all times. Remember that God guards his people as the apple of his eye. The second attribute is support. God gives us strength and energy to carry out any activity, however heavy it may be, necessary to establish his kingdom. Our strength will be renewed day by day so that we can undertake great things with which we can exalt the name of God.
The third quality is prosperity. When we speak of prosperity we are not referring to the much-touted financial prosperity some promise peddlers offer with their sweetened messages to exploit the gullible. Prosperity is to move ahead with speed along the path we have defined to achieve the milestones and objectives of the plan of God for our life. Our progress will be consistent and in the right direction. The fourth quality is swiftness. With our feet treading on a paved road we can move unimpeded, smoothly and without any difficulties. When things come from God, they come about with amazing facility and we are often surprised at how swift and unexpectedly events occur. Armed with all this amazing help, let us move along the path that God has prepared for us and let us rely on his protection, support, kindness and preparedness. To God alone be the glory!
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
or seek help from the LORD.
Man’s life is spent seeking to consolidate his security. From birth we seek the security that gives our mother’s breast and later we always look for the security that offers the coverage of our parents. We go to school to ensure that later we can find a good job. At work, we ensure that we can increase and maintain a steady revenue stream that allows us to meet our security of covering our basic needs and our daily living expenses. Also, if possible, we save money to make sure that we have enough resources in case we come across a contingency. We also seek financial security for our old age. And as we reach the end of our earthly journey we ensure that our death does not become a financial burden to our loved ones. Few realize that after physical death we have a long life, not in this world, for which we must be prepared and secured. We put our trust in the riches, few or many, that we may have. And so we spend a lifetime working hard to strengthen our security without realizing that true security can only come from God.
Where are the foundations of your strength? What makes you feel safe (or unsafe)? What situation do you think can occur that may cause you fear and shake your safety? What have you been doing about it? In any case you should first seek the support of God. Without it you will never have a real security. You need to do as the wise man who built his house on the rock. “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” We need to place all of our trust in God, seeking first his kingdom and his righteousness so all these things (including security) will be given to us as well. So let us not lose our sleep because of insecurity, but let us place all our troubles in the loving hands of our Lord Jesus Christ. Both now and in eternity there is no greater and firmer source of security than him. To God alone be the glory!
We are brought down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground.
Rise up and help us;
rescue us because of your unfailing love.
One of the things that should clearly differentiate and separate the children of God from the wicked is the opposite approaches they use when facing difficulties. While the wicked falls into a deep panic when things do not go as he wants, the child of God takes things slowly and looks up to God because he knows he can rely on God because he’s the only one who can solve the predicament in which he finds himself. The wicked only rely on their own strength and when they run out of resources they end up thinking that there is nothing left to do and that all is lost. It is possible that the Christian believer finds himself in a situation when all is hopeless but he will still trust in God because on other occasions when he had found himself in similar situations, God has intervened on his behalf in ways that nobody could have ever imagined. When Satan attacked Job and took his children, his property and his cattle, his wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” It is interesting to note that Job’s wife knew that Job was acting with integrity and that what she was proposing to him was absolutely reprehensible.
And you, how do you react when adversity knocks on your door? Do you run madly to seek help from others and forget that your God is the only one who truly has the ability and power to solve all your issues? Do you give up because you think you have lost everything or otherwise wait patiently with hope for the timely moment of divine intervention? Do you blame God for what is happening to you or acknowledge that you’re the only one responsible for messing up your life because of your bad decisions? Do you act as God’s child or as an unbeliever? You still have time to rectify. Put your faith and hope in Jesus Christ and let him act. You’ll see how all situations begin to solve, how the blessings from God start pouring over you and how your attitude towards adversity changes. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged bring down, Christianity, dust, faith, God, ground, help, hope, Jesus, life, love, Psalms, rescue, rise up, wisdom
‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?’
Isaiah 20:6 b
Curiosity makes people pay attention to the appealing messages of those who are only interested in destruction. Instability and lack of discernment makes folks put their hope in anything that presumes to have but has no real power to build. Some boast of having much power and might at some point in time exercise dominion over others, but no one has all the power all the time as our God Almighty does. From our personal perspective, usually limited to the here and now, we can’t clearly see the evolution of time and the permanence and strength of God’s plan, which means that sometimes we make wrong decisions relying on alleged strengths that end up weakening and crumbling before the presence of a higher power.
In what or who have you put your trust? Your money, your job, your possessions, your education, your knowledge, your skills, your family, your friends, your connections, your status, the color of your skin, your attractiveness, your personality and all those beings or things which somehow make you feel safe and secure, will at some point cease protecting you and you’ll be naked and abandoned to the mercy of your enemies and your circumstances. If, on the other hand, we wisely put our hope in God, we will never be disappointed and we will always have his love and mercy, though the days are evil. Let us identify the things that give us a false sense of security and replace our reliance on those things for hope in God alone. Thus we will stop relying on the dubious and uncertain strengths and our accomplishments will only depend on the one who is truly reliable and true, our Lord Jesus Christ. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Isaiah
Tagged Christianity, deliverance, escape, faith, help, hope, Isaiah 20, Jesus, life, love, reliance, salvation, spirituality, trust, wisdom
Hear my prayer, LORD;
let my cry for help come to you.
Why is it so hard for us, and so often, to say a prayer as soon as we see signs that something is wrong? We believe that our issues are not important enough to “bother” God with them or we think that we have the ability to work things out on our own and therefore we should not “bother” God with trifles that we can solve ourselves. Either way, when we use these excuses, we are paying heed to the wiles of Satan and not to the wise guidance of God. First, God is deeply interested in every detail of our lives, however trivial it may seem to us. We must remember that we were bought with a price and that the innocent blood of our Lord Jesus that was paid for our redemption is invaluable. So God cares about every one of his children with the same attention or more than what is given to an only child. On the other hand, we recognize that the times we’ve tried to work things out on our own we have ended up making things worse than they were. This does not mean we should use the strategy of the lazy and comfortable guy, who never does anything to ensure that nothing is done wrong. Those who never do anything never do anything right either.
Nor can we think that God is there like a genie willing to grant three wishes whenever we choose to rub a lamp as the one found by the well-known Aladdin from A Thousand and One Nights. Additionally, fear also blocks us our reasoning and makes us forget that we must pray and we must also act. When the Egyptian army was coming dangerously close to the people of God coming out of Egypt, who were trapped against the sea without possibility of escape, Moses cried out to God and God answered: “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” The key here is that prayer is useful not only to ask God for help in times of need but also to communicate with him under any circumstances in which we find ourselves. Personal action combined with communication with God by faith is the team that achieves the impossible. To God alone be the glory!