Morning, June 17, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Help, Lord.” — Psalm 12:1
The prayer itself is remarkable, for it is short, but seasonable, significant, and suggestive. David mourned the few numbers of faithful men, and therefore lifted up his heart in supplication—when the creature failed, he ran to the Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness, or he would not have cried for help; but at the same time he honestly intended to apply himself to the cause of truth, for the word “help” is inapplicable where we ourselves do nothing. There is much directness, clearness of perception, and clarity of communication in this petition of two words; much more, indeed, than in the long rambling outpourings of certain professors. The Psalmist runs straight to 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. How suitable it is for tried believers who find all helpers failing them, when facing God-given afflictions. 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 conflict may send to the throne for reinforcements, and this will be a model for their request. Workers in spiritual labor may in this way obtain grace in time of need. Seeking sinners, in doubt and alarm, may offer up the same significant petition; in fact, in all these cases, times, and places, this will be of the greatest use to needy souls. “Help, Lord,” will suit us living and dying, suffering or laboring, 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 is 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 help you.”