“Help, Lord.” / Psalm 12:1
The prayer itself is remarkable, for it is short, but seasonable, sententious,
and suggestive. David mourned the fewness of faithful men, and therefore
lifted up his heart in supplication–when the creature failed, he flew to the
Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness, or he would not have cried for
help; but at the same time he intended honestly to exert himself for the cause
of truth, for the word “help” is inapplicable where we ourselves do nothing.
There is much of directness, clearness of perception, and distinctness of
utterance in this petition of two words; much more, indeed, than in the long
rambling outpourings of certain professors. The Psalmist runs straight-forward
to his God, with a well-considered prayer; he knows what he is seeking, and
where to seek it. Lord, teach us to pray in the same blessed manner.
The occasions for the use of this prayer are frequent. In providential
afflictions how suitable it is for tried believers who find all helpers
failing them. Students, in doctrinal difficulties, may often obtain aid by
lifting up this cry of “Help, Lord,” to the Holy Spirit, the great Teacher.
Spiritual warriors in inward conflicts may send to the throne for
reinforcements, and this will be a model for their request. Workers in
heavenly labour may thus obtain grace in time of need. Seeking sinners, in
doubts and alarms, may offer up the same weighty supplication; in fact, in all
these cases, times, and places, this will serve the turn of needy souls.
“Help, Lord,” will suit us living and dying, suffering or labouring, rejoicing
or sorrowing. In him our help is found, let us not be slack to cry to him.
The answer to the prayer is certain, if it be sincerely offered through Jesus.
The Lord’s character assures us that he will not leave his people; his
relationship as Father and Husband guarantee us his aid; his gift of Jesus is
a pledge of every good thing; and his sure promise stands, “Fear not, I will
“Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it.” / Numbers
Famous was the well of Beer in the wilderness, because it was the subject of a
promise: “That is the well whereof the Lord spake unto Moses, Gather the
people together, and I will give them water.” The people needed water, and it
was promised by their gracious God. We need fresh supplies of heavenly grace,
and in the covenant the Lord has pledged himself to give all we require. The
well next became the cause of a song. Before the water gushed forth, cheerful
faith prompted the people to sing; and as they saw the crystal fount bubbling
up, the music grew yet more joyous. In like manner, we who believe the promise
of God should rejoice in the prospect of divine revivals in our souls, and as
we experience them our holy joy should overflow. Are we thirsting? Let us not
murmur, but sing. Spiritual thirst is bitter to bear, but we need not bear
it–the promise indicates a well; let us be of good heart, and look for it.
Moreover, the well was the centre of prayer. “Spring up, O well.” What God has
engaged to give, we must enquire after, or we manifest that we have neither
desire nor faith. This evening let us ask that the Scripture we have read, and
our devotional exercises, may not be an empty formality, but a channel of
grace to our souls. O that God the Holy Spirit would work in us with all his
mighty power, filling us with all the fulness of God. Lastly, the well was the
object of effort. “The nobles of the people digged it with their staves.” The
Lord would have us active in obtaining grace. Our staves are ill adapted for
digging in the sand, but we must use them to the utmost of our ability. Prayer
must not be neglected; the assembling of ourselves together must not be
forsaken; ordinances must not be slighted. The Lord will give us his peace
most plenteously, but not in a way of idleness. Let us, then, bestir ourselves
to seek him in whom are all our fresh springs.
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