“Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.” (Psalms 119:173)
“Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” (Psalms 40:4)
What are you trusting in today?
Are you trusting in your own abilities? Watch out, you are headed for disaster.
The Bible says that we are Blessed if we make God the One we trust in. I think that is exactly what the psalmist is doing in verse 173. He says, “Let thine hand help me;”. He is reaching up to God and not inward to himself or outward to a fellow human. He reaches to God by choice.
Listen, there are so many times when we are left wondering what to do in any given situation. We try and let the principles of the Word of God guide us, but there come moments when we are unsure of how to act, what to say and whether we should sit still or move forward. These are the moments that we need to completely rely on God. We need to lift our hand to Him and say, “Help”.
I remember after giving birth to my third child, I bounced back rather quickly. I felt great the next day, even though my Amelia had been a 10lb 1oz butterball. I didn’t need assistance to the car or help with my things, and I was feeling pretty good about the whole delivery. So good in fact, that I asked my husband to stop by the store on the way home so I could purchase a few items that I didn’t have for the new baby. He sat in the car with Amelia and I walked into a store right off the Teays Valley exit there in Hurricane WV. I made it to the baby section and all of a sudden I hit the proverbial wall. My body stopped. I went from full strength to zero in a matter of seconds. I leaned on the shopping buggy and couldn’t take another step. I am not sure how long I waited. This was before cell phones had become the norm, so I couldn’t ring Mark for assistance. Shoppers passed me by and I remained there, motionless. Eventually Mark came in the store to find me. I looked at him and said, “help me”. He got me to the car and eventually back to our room at his dad’s house. I was exhausted and I think I remained there for several days. I had learned my lesson. It had been too much, too soon.
Relying on our own will power will only get us so far in this life. Eventually we will “hit a wall” and we are going to need some divine help.
Again, I ask myself, and I ask you: What are you (and I) trusting in today? Is our hand raised toward the heavens or are we caught up trying to do everything on our own?
Let’s ask God for help and rely on Him to provide it.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,