Help in God At All Times
“Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God.”
This we always find when we get into trouble – many saying, “We thought it would come to this. How he walked in this and in that!”
So I have found in my troubles; all men forsook me; they say, “There is no hope for him in God.”
We have David’s trouble in 2 Samuel 15: “And there came a messenger to David, saying. The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.” Now here David did not do as he ought; for he said, “Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart” – instead of going to God, seeking His face, and committing his way to Him.
For what good would this fleeing do?
Unless God had protected him, he could not have escaped the sword by this.
Our mercy at all times, in all troubles, is to seek God, and not to make haste.
“And the king said, I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, He will bring me again.”
He dares not say, “I shall,” for his sin stared him in the face, and the judgments of God are a great deep. Yet he does not give up his hope, but speaks with a mixture of hope and fear; which teaches us in all our troubles not to give up. And if we can, by the help of the Holy Spirit, get our eyes fixed on Him, hang upon Him, trust in Him, and pray to Him, though in the very lowest degree, it cannot be in vain.
David says further, “But if He thus say, I have no delight in thee, behold, here am I; let Him do to me as seemeth good unto Him.”
This will be our mercy, to cleave to Him at any rate, let Him do what He will; and if we perish, to look nowhere else for help. For there is nothing more to be dreaded than to go to our own wisdom in any strait. We cannot tell what the will of God is, nor see the end of any event, or what God intends; but if we make Him our Refuge we shall surely do well.
Before I knew the Lord, I went to Him in earnest prayer, and said, “Lord, what wouldest Thou have me to do?” And He brought me into a line of things of which I had no idea, and has maintained my lot to this day, and given me His blessing in it. I find He does give me His temporal blessing, and also His spiritual – which is spiritual life and the hope of eternal life. There is nothing so sweet as to depend on Him in all things.
“And David said, It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.”
So I have found in all troubles this to be my mercy – to see the hand of God, and to fall down and judge myself, as I did yesterday; for I know not the causes of them.
Only the Lord came, and assured my heart that He had put away all my sins; and I still feel that there is nothing between me and Him, but am sure that He is my Friend.
And as I sat musing last night, weighed down with care, looking at one and another of you, He came most sweetly into my heart, and assured me of His blessing; so as to remove all my care.
And David went up, “and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot,” to show his self-abasement, and the trembling sense he had of the judgments of God. And yet you see, though he had not a comforting sense of God’s mercy, God heard him; as He often in this state hears us when a prayer is wrung out of the anguish of our hearts.
There is something in us that would lead us to fly from God in our troubles, and none but God the Holy Spirit can cause us to cleave to Him; and if there be this, though in the lowest degree, it will not be in vain; for “them that honour Me I will honour.”
And how can we honour Him?
By trusting, praying, cleaving, hoping in His mercy. This is what He is delighted with. I am sure you cannot seek His face in vain, let your trouble be what it may.
David says here, “But Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” So I have found in all my troubles; therefore “say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and He shall save thee.”
May He lead us to stand in awe of Him, and to reverence His day; and give to His ministering servants a word in season to comfort their hearts, and be with all His afflicted people.
By James Bourne – 1840