In this day of agnosticism and indifference to spiritual realities, we are prone to seek help from professionals. Doctors. Psychiatrists. Police. Army. Financial planners. Government. And this is not wrong in itself. We should all express our gratefulness for the skill doctors and surgeons, counselors and first-responders exercise.
King David, however, who had access to unlimited resources, realized that real help is ultimately found elsewhere. He had an unconquered army, but he wrote, If the LORD had not been on our side—let Israel say—when men attacked us…they would have swallowed us alive (Psalm 124:1-3). He could have reveled in Israel’s victory over its enemies. After all, Israel had achieved the largest extent and the most victories up to that point in history. He could have cried, “Look what we have done!”
Instead he was realistic, something rare today. He said, “Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:8).
We would be wise today to ponder his conclusion. For ultimately, our help is in the name of the LORD who created hung the earth in space at an exact distance from the sun that we might not freeze into icicles or burn into cinders. He is the one who created the sun, the moon, the stars. He heaved up the mountains, created the rain cycle, gathered waters into lakes and oceans. He is the one who deposited gold and silver, aluminium and iron, oil and gas in the earth. He is the one who created the plants, the insects, the animals—you and I. He created wheat and corn, apples and mangoes, fish and shrimp.
So, while we enlist the help of police to protect us, doctors to heal us, and government agencies to maintain order, our ultimate help is from the LORD. He gives skill. He gives the knowledge that was enshrined in the world to be discovered by men using the brains He gave them. Kepler, Galileo, Newton and others were wise enough to credit the source for their scientific discoveries.
Are we humble enough to admit our dependence on God? Are we wise enough to seek God’s help whatever might be our problem? Or is He a last resort when doctors and the government and our army have failed?
We would be wise to read over Psalm 124 and meditate on the wisdom and power of the Maker of heaven and earth.
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