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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

When I Need Assistance Or Get Tempted, God Wants to Help

In review of Psalm 50:15 it says, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me”

Bottom Line:
Pray to me in time of trouble. I will rescue you, and you will honor me.

What this means to me:
God tells me that I can call on him when I’m in trouble, and He will rescue me, and I will give him glory for his work in my life.

Today's passage comes from the middle of Psalm 50. In this God is telling us that he does not need my offerings, everything belongs to him anyway. What he wants is my heart. When I provide my offerings and service to him, he wants me to do so in thankfulness and to keep my commitment to him. When trouble comes, I can call on him and he will rescue me and I will give him all the glory.

This verse reminds me that God is ready to help me when I need it. He says I’m to pray, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” That is an example of a prayer of deliverance. I ask God for help.

The prayer of deliverance can often be just one word: Help! It doesn’t have to be “Our gracious heavenly Father …”.  When I come to the prayer of deliverance, I can do a microwave prayer: “Help! Keep my eyes straight. I don’t like this person. I do not like the way my relative treats me, and I’m going to see him today. Oh, God! You’ve got to help me!  I really need your help today, because everything in me just wants to slug them!”

Scripture is full of examples of people who’ve prayed for deliverance, such as David, Daniel, Peter, and Paul. God will provide assistance for anybody who asks.

Why can I expect God to help me when I pray the prayer of deliverance? Because God has promised it. Psalm 50:15 says, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (NIV). God says I don’t have to have a long conversation. I can just say, “Help! Mayday! SOS! God, I’m facing something now that willpower won’t help me get through.”

What I’m learning is that God will be sympathetic to my situation. He knows everything that’s going on in my life. He knows how irritating those people are. He knows the things that tempt me. In fact, look at this verse: “Jesus understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT).

He says Jesus understands. He sympathetic because he faced the same temptation.

Jesus was tempted to get angry, to have self pity. The Bible tells me he was tempted in all the ways I am, yet he did not sin. That’s the difference. He never gave in. He had the freedom to choose.

But even better is the fact that he never sinned. What does that mean? He can help you overcome. So the Bible says, “Come boldly to God.” Come and say, “I need your help!” God isn’t ticked with you when you get tempted. He’s not going to scold you when you’re tempted. He says, “I’m here to help.”

I could have benefited from this verse yesterday as something to meditate on, as myself and my team were faced with a large technical problem that had us under pressure. I do remember reaching out for God early in the situation and saying a quick “help”, but I also realize that after the problem was solved (after some very long agonizing hours) I didn’t immediately think to recognize, thank Him and give him glory for his work to help us. It wasn’t until this morning as I was getting ready that I thought of this and thanked him.

I think I’d like to add this as a verse to memorize so that I can bring it up when trouble comes. “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15 NIV).