“I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.” Psalms 119:107
I sure can identify with today’s verse, can’t you?
The psalmist has been browbeaten and depressed. He is so low it is draining the life from him and he has found that there is no relief, no help, no answer—except in God’s Word.
Some situations can take “life” away from us. The thoughts of how awful a trial is can steal our time. The weight of the matter can steal our energy. The not knowing what the outcome will be can age us. I believe that is where the psalmist is when he lifts his voice and cries out to the Lord for some help.
As I pondered his empty feeling and how low he was, it made me look at this whole verse from a different angle.
Why is it that our first cry for help is usually not to the Lord?
Why do we wait or chose an alternative route before realizing God IS the only One Who can help?
I think it is because we have certain expectations in friendships and because we think “iron sharpeneth iron” we can rely FIRST on our buddy to be our shoulder through the tough times. That is flawed thinking and doomed from the start.
Our friends, as great as some of them are, are ALSO bearing their own burdens and they are in their own trials. They may come alongside and pray with us, but they can’t “quicken” us. The only One with that kind of power is God.
When we place our expectations in another weighed down, afflicted, depressed human being, we are doomed from the start! And, I’ll go a little further and say, we are in essence telling God that His right arm is no longer mighty to save.
Think about that for a minute.
God is the only One Who is not weakened by this life’s tumultuous rhythm of afflictions. He doesn’t look around and wonder what He is going to do next, how He will make “all things work together” nor does He consider NOT helping us.
God is Sovereign and He knows EXACTLY what He is about to do.
“Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.” Psalms 135:6
God is All Powerful and He knows EXACTLY how everything is going to work together.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Isaiah 46:9-10
God is Mighty and He knows EXACTLY how to help His children.
“And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?” 2 Chronicles 20:6
Take your sights off other avenues of “quickening”. God is and always will be the best and most sure way to find help in the time of affliction. Only He has the wisdom to know how to best work in YOUR life, YOUR situation and with YOUR needs.
“Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;” Ephesians 1:8
Yes, we may find ourselves down and on the brink of just letting it all go to pot, but as children of the most High King and Lord of Lords, we are not without recourse.
As the songwriter put it:
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
The psalmist asked God to quicken him in and through Gods Word. So let me leave you with this powerful passage today that will hopefully help you to remember where your hope truly lies:
“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” Hebrews 6:17-20
Until Next Time, Lord willing,