Song for a Sunday // A Very Present Help

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Oh, my word.  Everytime I NEED help from the sanctuary, I get surprised all over again, amazed and shocked that the God of the Universe, the Creator of everything – yes, THAT God- our Father, the Blessed Redeemer, the Savior of mankind, the Alpha and Omega {the Beginning and the End}, the Holy Spirit of God Himself, He is also the One who is the Helper {MY help}, helping me, helping me!

He helps us.  He is our Helper!  I keep forgetting this and God keeps reminding me.  I keep doubting it and He keeps proving it is true, time and again.

Circumstances can look bleak, the path obscured, answers seem hopelessly hidden.  We shake our heads, barely breathing out to Him…We pray, God, help me…and then He does.

Reading Frank Viola, God’s Favorite Place on Earth, in his account of the raising of Lazarus from the dead:

“…as high as God is going to elevate you is as deep as He digs to lay the foundation.

Sometimes the brightest light comes from the darkest places. And what doesn’t destroy you ends up defining you in some significant way…

Interestingly, Lazarus is the shortened form of a name that means ‘God helps.'”

I’d say being raised from the DEAD qualifies as being helped!   :)

To help: to give assistance or support; to make more pleasant or bearable (improve, relieve, rescue, save); to be of use to (benefit); to further the advancement of (promote); to serve with food or drink as in a meal {You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies}; to appropriate something for…

He is a very present HELP in time of need.

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

The old song for this new Sunday: Made Me Glad by Hillsong, based on Psalm 46 and every word true!

I will bless the Lord forever

And I will trust Him at all times

He has delivered me from all fear

And he has set my feet upon a rock

And I will not be moved

And I’ll say of the Lord….

You are my shield

My strength

My portion

Deliverer

My shelter

Strong tower

My very present help in time of need

Whom have I in Heaven but you?

There’s none I desire beside you

You have made me glad

And I’ll say of the Lord….

You are my shield

My strength

My portion

Deliverer

My shelter

Strong tower

My very present help in time of need

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May the everlasting One hear you today and send help from His sanctuary.  May the most Helpful One come to your rescue and bringing provision and relief and providing the support you need right now and be so very, very present.  I pray this for you – for the Help you need.  Amen!

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