Please Help Me, God!

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We can ask God for divine help and justice. Learn more from a study of Psalm 109:1-31.

Pray:

Lord, You stand with me even when I am misrepresented. I rest safely in You.

Read:

Psalm 109:1-31

Reflect:

How is God's justice demonstrated in the psalm?

The psalmist had many enemies, and his conversations with God (which we see in the psalms) are full of his fears and failures, as well as of joy at his successes. He doesn't fall into the trap of always asking God for help, or only praising God during the good times. Rather, he turns to God in both the good and the bad times. He has much to teach us!

First, if we are going through a difficult period we should turn to God in praise (1) and prayer (4). If we feel that people reject our kindness and friendship, we can take comfort that the psalmist was in the same situation (4,5).

Second, we can ask for divine justice (6). Avoid the trap of verse 17, of being quicker to criticize than to bless others.

Third, we can ask for divine help (21). The psalmist portrays himself as weak (22), totally dependent on God's salvation. Rather than trust in his own ability, taking the matter into his own hands, he leaves the punishment of evildoers to God.

Apply:

Is there an area where you are suffering injustice or where you see injustice? Journal about it with Psalm 109 as a guide.

Pray:

Righteous God, You see. You will not be silent forever. I entrust all to You.

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