Imagine a certain person who is in a terrible fix. The have trouble with the bank, trouble at home and trouble at work. The threats and fears of crisis and conflict come from every direction. It might come in waves or it might be simultaneous, but trouble might be waiting behind every door and so we feel stuck, overwhelmed and powerless. In this terrible moment and place we might find both failure of what has happened and fantasy of what might happen next. Where do you go for help?
May the Lord be your answer! The psalm praise God as our answer and solution. The verses ask for help to come from the sanctuary. It is interesting that the answer is not from the storehouse, rather the place of worship and sacrifice. We most often think if we had more money, time and effort we can solve our problems. While more of these gifts might help, it is only part and only in a temporary way. Our answer comes through worship, prayer, study and fellowship with other followers.
It’s won thing to cheer to encourage but the celebration that comes when victory is assured it filled with joy, relief, praise and confidence. In our weakest moments these gifts appear so far away. Finding the path out of fear and chaos comes when we trust God’s work of salvation. When we let go of our own pride and take on the reigns of God’s lead we find the spiritual horsepower to continue the race.
So, when you are in last place or even stuck at the gate, in the mud with the odds against you, let go and allow God to be your strength. God wants to help; allow God to be your answer, you joy and your power.
Prayer: God I need your help, your heart and your power. I give you my trust, my will and my life. My I know you presence, your joy and your lead. Amen.
The LORD answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion. May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans. May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the LORD will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand. Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the LORD our God. They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright. Give victory to the king, O LORD; answer us when we call. [NRSV]