As We Face Battles… – Part 1: God Wants to Help Us!
“May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.” (Psalm 20:1 NIV)
Psalm 20 is a psalm of David; and it was sung and recited when the king was going into battle. Before the armies would go out to fight, the people would pray and offer sacrifices and praise God and remind themselves of God’s faithfulness. Thousands of people would be singing and saying to the king, “May God send you help from the sanctuary... May he... make all your plans succeed.” “Sanctuary” in the time of David was linked to the presence of the Lord.
What God’s people were singing and chanting back then has a spiritual application for us today, as we face challenges and attacks from the enemy in our own lives and in the lives of our loved ones. In the midst of it all, we too have to pray and offer sacrifices—not the blood of animals, but praises to the Lord—and to remember what the Israelites remembered as their armies went to battle.
First, we have to know that the Lord wants to send help from heaven to support us in all of our struggles. David and his people were trusting God to deliver them, and that was even before Jesus came! How much more should you and I, who have been washed by the blood of Jesus, be confident that the Lord will undergird us, no matter what we are going through—whether it’s loneliness or heartache or a struggle with a wayward child or spouse. After sending his Son to die for us, will he let us fall into a black hole? Never!
God wants to succor his people. But we have to ask him for his help. We have to take him at his word and say, “God, you promised you would help me: and now I am doing my part: I’m asking for your help.” We have to cry out as the Psalmist did, when he said, “Answer us when we call!”
Be encouraged in the knowledge that God loves it when his children ask him for what they need; we don’t have to convince him to help us.
Won’t you lay your need before him today?
To be continued…
Read Psalm 20:1-4.