Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. God is working. Hes being accused by Saul. He calls God his shield. Its just sometimes we wake up and realize it, and unfortunately some of the few times that we wake up and realize it is when we are in those sharp circumstances. Darkness is a certainty. It is taken from the book of Isaiah chapter 41 and verse 10. As we will see a little later, David knew he could trust God to save him because he knew who God was. Glory to the newborn king; All I Want for Christmas is Hope O Lord, my God, help me to trust you with my decisions and my future. Do you remember a time when you called on the Lord for help? Without the leading, help and encouragement from the Holy Spirit no one can overcome their hidden faults. And dont you see what David is doing here? God is sovereign but He uses prayer as His instrument for bringing about His will. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. (v.3). David knew he could not defeat an army of that size, especially since he knew those men since he had fought with them and had even been their commander. He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. Mercy Me is a Christian band (I Can Only Imagine) and recently they sang a song called, Hold Fast. Bart Millard tells the story of the inspiration for Hold Fast. A horn is the symbol of power and glory. Sermons. O Lord God, teach us the rhythms and patterns of this Psalm. Bible Talks and Sermons from Kenmore Presbyterian Church in Brisbane, Australia. Grace to you, and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Thats actually, I think, a main point of this first section. I will give thanks to Your name, O Lord, for it is good. In other words, David is saying, Im going to give free will sacrifices to You, O God. You remember some sacrifices were offered up in the Old Testament on the occasion of a person making a vow? If you are in the waiting period between your cry for help to the Lord and the Lords response, let me encourage you that the Lord knows where you live. He was devoted to God above all else. Psalm 130:1-8, Matthew 1:1-20:20. Which of those is right? I can do anything. Yet, through this bumpy road a few things have become very clear for me. "Rather, cling tightly to the Lord your God as you have done until now.". The journey to this title and fame was a very difficult one. Your word is truth, we can pray that in confidence because God has said so in His word. One does not have to endure that which is not bitter. Scripture: Psalm 23:1-6, Ephesians 1: . I. David pleads the promises of God. read more, Scripture: Pentecostal. January 30, 2004. Help Lord, I'm Tired. read more. The context of this Psalm is again the mortal danger that David finds himself in as Saul tries to track him down. Charismatic. Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30. When were facing circumstances that are beyond our control we are right where God wants us. It required traversing the whole mountain, from bottom to top, through over ten feet of snow drifts with a large, heavy ruck sack slung to their back and no special equipment. The Lord my Help We will find ourselves in situations that are almost unbearable. read more, Scripture: 2. The petition and the occasion are described for us both in the heading of the Psalm, which is part of the first verse in the Hebrew Bible, and also in the final verse of this first section, the third verse. So when someone stands up and says, Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears, that may sound a little stilted and idiomatic but its designed to say, Hey, Im getting ready to say something very important. Give ear unto my prayer, and hear my cry, O God, is a phrase which is designed to indicate the urgency of what David is asking, and it shows David in the posture of a dependent supplicant. Apostolic. In addition to that, the places where he escaped to were not always safe either. keep them within your heart. Lately I have been feeling powerless to grasp onto Him. They are against Him, and they are seeking his lifeand so he pleads to God. Are you in trouble? Notice David that David speaks about the valley of the shadow of death. Call out to the Lord Jesus. Luke 2:38. Let me paint this picture a little more clearly for us. David says to the Lord, I love you, O Lord, my strength. (v.1) This is one of the most incredibly powerful statements in the Bible which we all miss because we are English speakers. We started last autumn working through the Second Book of the Psalms at Psalm 42, and we made our way through to Psalm 51, and then we took a break. By the way, isnt that another picture in the Old Testament of the sovereignty of God? Would you stand for Gods blessing? I want to hold your hand Now is that a contradiction? When we pray, O Lord, sanctify me by Your Spirit. Rev. Its a prayer for two things: David wants rescue and David wants vindication. Hes hot on his heels, but the Philistines attack again and Saul has to take his army and go take care of the Philistines. I want to hold William Plumber, the great Southern Presbyterian commentator on the Psalms, says this, Whatever makes us feel our entire dependence upon God is good for us. Now that phrase is easy to say and hard to believe. MY DELIVERY WAS FASTER THAN YOURS." David goes on to say that the Lord is his fortress. Call on the Lord for help. Now just keep that in the back of your mind. God as our stronghold has a similar meaning as it refers to a high and inaccessible place. Psalms 54:4 - Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. Evangelical/Non-Denominational. And the Psalmists answer is, Whatever makes us feel our entire dependence upon God is good for us, because we are always entirely dependent upon God. When he went up against Saul and his army, he was in great distress and fear for his life. 4:4. Hes your ally, as it were. When David realizes who God is and what Hes done, he cant help but want to worship. Hes been anointed by God as king, but he is determined not to snatch that kingship away from Saul. 90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. Thomas loved music. We also acknowledge the dullness of our own hearts, and so we ask by Your Spirit that we would see Your truth and receive it. Endurance. And so verse 1 gives us Davids response to this circumstance. Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. And one of the greatest tools that the evil one has to use against us are the ways that we talk to ourselves in our own minds. 1. Evangelical/Non-Denominational. And when we turn to Psalm 54 we see a direct connection, not with Psalm 53 but with Psalm 52. And so the Ziphites, even though David had delivered one of their border towns from the Philistines, even though they were tribesmen of David from his area, from his neck of the woods, as it werethey go and turn him in to Sauland this must have been particularly bitter. He was in danger continually for years. When David was in great trouble he called on the Lord for help, and the Lord rescued him. Rev. 75% of the surveyed churches had at least one series a year. God is sovereign but He uses prayer as His instrument for bringing about His will. At the point where his enemy, Saul, was coming after him, David had fighting men with him. 56:8). When David was a young boy watching his fathers sheep, he had to protect them from lions and bears. I am coming soon. Saul was a jealous man who was more concerned about what the people thought than what God thought. He wrote the majority of the Psalms of the Bible including Psalm 18 which we will be digging into over the next month. In Psalm 18:4-5, David explains his situation and the feelings he had with these words, The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.. Most of the other times is it used by God to describe his feelings of compassion toward his people. David was a capable warrior as we all know from his defeat of Goliath. Heres a case in point. because thats when He can say, Now, you cant figure your way out of this mess so youre going to have to depend on the only One who canMe, your helper! On one occasion David escaped from Saul and went to the country of the Philistines to a city called Gath. Im not sure about you, but I They had their feet and sheer determination. Sermons Topics Themes Library . God does not want us to forget what He has already done for us. His strength to rescue you from trouble turns out to cause you to love the Lord with the strength that he has used on your behalf. 34:18) Ask the Lord to help you feel His uplifting power as He rescues you from all kinds of He will rescue you, whether by one way or another, whether by medications and counseling and support teams or by prayer and supernatural touch or a combination of all those things. He is determined to let God give the kingship into his hands. You want to get down the road, but the road is curvy, and youre behind a slow driver. When says that God is his rock, he is referring to a rocky cliff which is so high up that an enemy is unable to get to him. It is about the Lords help and three kinds of living in Christ. read more, Scripture: Perhaps you have heard the song, Lord Help Me To Hold Out. It is a call for perseverance in the midst of the storms of life. His aid, his helper, his ally came and when he came he rolled up Napoleons forces. Its a Psalm in which God reveals His condemnation of the man who lives as if there is no God. God, You will destroy my foes because this is what Youre like. II. Date written: Feb. 9, 1997 Scripture ref: Phil. And heres David appealing to God to deliver him, to rescue him, based on the name and the power of God. 2Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those Today is the start and over the next 3 weeks, we will look at scriptures in the birth story of Jesus which tells us Fear Not! 1 Samuel 11 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall you say unto the men of Jabeshgilead, Tomorrow, by that time the sun is hot, you shall have help. Let the Lord direct your steps. Just because the Lord doesnt do what we expect him to do, or hope for him to do, doesnt mean he isnt listening. Its God whos going to bring about the visitation of justice on those who do evil in the world. His name reveals Himself. And he does that in four parts, and youll see those four parts in verses 4 and 5. 2. David is here pleading promises that God has already made to him. Mark 8:22-25, Denomination: read more. Thats my ally. It's not easy staying positive when we run into daily trials and tribulations. Not only that, he delights in answering when we call on him. Josh Squires serves as pastor of counseling and congregational care at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. David knew what it was like to be in serious trouble. David knew in a very personal way that it was God who protected him, and so he wrote this words from the beginning of Psalm 18. This Psalm is fairly straightforward. Isaiah 41:10, Denomination: I will strengthen you and help you. I expected it to be something full of bombast and bluster, urging the group to complete the task at hand or face swift retribution! And then in verses 6 and 7, after a resolution brought about by God after Gods own deliverance, David gives praise, free praise to God, unconstrained praise to God. When David fled from Saul, he stopped at a village called Nob, the city of priests, to ask for help from a priest named Ahimelech. And so David is in mortal danger in this Psalm, having been ratted out by the Ziphites as they go to Saul and betray him or attempt to betray him into Sauls hands. It was probably written after Judah had gone into captivity and exile in Babylon and then later returned to the land of Palestine. 95 likes, 1 comments - Leading The Way (@ltworg) on Instagram: "Is fear standing in your way of accomplishing great things for God? Third, Satan wants us to lose sight of our sovereign Savior. 10:19-23) It says something about Him. We need to remember He is my help in my day of troub, Youre My Help Jesus, Youre My Help Most of us have prayed this prayer It says, I will strengthen you and help you; I will Do those descriptions feel familiar to you? 6 Willingly I will sacrifice to Thee; I will give thanks to Thy name, O Lord, for it is good. Do you know what it is like to be stuck in a situation that is not good for you, but you are too afraid are just unable to do anything about it? This morning I am wondering how many lives have been saved with two other words, HELP, LORD? This Psalm is also about David being betrayed, but it has a bitter poignancy; because whereas in Psalm 52 he was betrayed by an Edomite, in Psalm 54 he has been betrayed by his own tribe. (Psalm 19:12,13) Every believer needs the Holy Psalm 19:12-13. The more I probe into the nature of our human hearts, the more I see that people have a hard time believing this about God. First of all, he reminds himself that God is his helper. Amen. Jesus responded by saying, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30). Forgive my hidden faults. Endurance denotes time. He not only loves you unconditionally. And what does he base it on? It doesnt ask for the removal of storms, but it only asks that God would help the singer to hold on until my change comes. We started last autumn working through the Second Book of the Psalms at Psalm 42, and we made our way . the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit" (Eccl. As important as that is this will come as a surprise to a lot of lonely myopic pastors the Kingdom of God is more than your church. read more, Scripture: GOD HELPS THOSE WHO CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES. The Lord is MY personal stress reliever who makes me lie down in green .read more. Seeking the Lord through constant prayer And that is a practice which we need to make a regular practice in our prayer, preaching the person of God to ourselves in prayer. Scripture is clear that in order to make it through this fallen world, we need a community. . This enemy is too strong for you. These simple sermon outlines are suitable for 10 or 15 minute Wednesday night devotionals or to use as sermon ideas. David says that the Lord is the horn of his salvation. John 16:13-24, Mark 13:35-37 KJV Know this, you are not alone. The goal for us at this point, as we come to the Word of God, is to consider the glory of our Savior, and so I want you to turn to the second chapter of Hebrews, the second chapter of Hebrews. The Lord is ready and willing. When Joseph is in prison for a crime he did not commit and is forgotten for two years having asked to be remembered, he learns to trust God even when it seems your life is put on hold. I showed them what You were like. You remember in the very context of John 17just a few verses before back in John 14, Phillip had said to Jesus, Jesus, show us the Father; that will be enough. And you remember what Jesus said, If you have seen Me, you have see the Father. He had manifested the name of God. read more, Scripture: Life's Challenges To endure a thing is to live in spite of its difficulty, not to live in denial of it. It is tempting to think that the Lord is not listening to our cries for help when he doesnt respond when we think he should respond. In the last few months I have experienced anxiety on a far greater level than I have ever known. Lord, help me to hold out (3X) Until my change come Verse 1: My way may not easy You did not say that it would be But when it gets dark I can't see my way You told me to put my trust in Thee That's why I'm asking you GO TO CHORUS Verse 2: unknown Refrain: Lord help me to hold out (8X) I believe I can hold out (sopranos,altos) (4-6X) Hold out . This simple but powerful prayer takes human need and places it in the hands of Almighty God. If you deal with fear and anxiety, let me share this with you. Lets pray. He cried out to Yahweh God. Perhaps you have heard the song, "Lord Help Me To Hold Out.". He wants to create resentment in your soul rather than the hope that was meant to reside there. Mark 13:35-37. He has armies after him, and David has his little band of supporters. David wrote, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." That ought to be the way we are when we come into the house of the Lord. No the song specifically says, My way may not be easy, You did not say that it would be, but if it gets dark, cant see my way, he told me to put my trust in thee.. Trust him to answer you. David is describing what leads up to death. Acts 27:18-44 Please cancel the order. For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and tells you: Do not fear, I will help you. Heb Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The thought is nice, but the climb seems impossible. 5 He will recompense the evil to my foes; destroy them in Thy faithfulness. This transcribed message has been lightly edited and formatted for the Web site. I loved Tim Dilena's recent sermon on this topic.
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