“Give us help from trouble,
For the help of man is useless.”
David knew what it was like to receive help from others. One of the greatest stories in the Bible speaks of a time when he was so deeply discouraged that he felt as though there was no hope. It was into that scene that his friend Jonathan appeared and “strengthened David’s hands in the Lord.” In another place, David famously wrote
Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Clearly the king knew the value of fellowship and had often experienced the help of man. It might seem almost contradictory then for him to speak of man’s assistance being useless. However I think we have all known times in our life where we appreciate the kindness of others but have found their words to be too weak to actually provide us with the help we need. There are situations in life that create a hurt so deep that only the Words of God Himself can bring us the comfort and hope we need. I am so glad that the promises of God were designed for seasons in life like that. When all else fails it is good to know that the promises of God are always yes and amen and that there is no force in heaven or earth that is strong enough to break them. Jesus said that a day will come when heaven and earth will pass away, yet not even the smallest marking within His promises will fail.
Whatever circumstances you are facing you can count on the promises of God.
Questions for Psalm 108
- In verse 1 David says that his heart is unmovable, and that he WILL give his very best to God. Have you settled this in your own heart? Do you allow difficulty to easily move you? Look at Acts 20:22-24. Was Paul easily moved?
- Look at verse 2. When does David get started each day in giving worship to God? The bible does not say that we must wake up early to have a good relationship with God, but it is a good principal that early in our day we sit with Him. When are your regular times of sitting with God? Do you spend your best and first times with Him to be nourished and directed by Him?
- Look at verses 4 and 5. How high does the mercy of God reach? What kind of praise does this mercy deserve?
- As David meditates on the successes and failures of the nation of Israel (verses 10-13), what conclusion does he arrive at concerning how victory is won? What aid did the help of man provide?