God our….Helper! Sun 7th Oct 18

Aware that Psalm 63 was shared at the prayer meeting last Monday lunchtime, I decided to read it for myself. Although familiar with the passage, I saw something in the text that I hadn’t noticed before.
David, the songwriter, finds himself in the Judean wilderness; in danger; on the run and in the depth of despair. Yet, in verse 7, David proclaims ‘Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings’.
You will be aware that in the creation account, God says ‘it is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper who is just right for him’ (Genesis 2:18). By looking at the context of passage it is clear that the creation of the woman enables the man to fulfil his divine commission. Indeed without the woman humanity would remain somehow incomplete and the image of God not insufficiently revealed. What is staggering to me however is that David uses the same Hebrew word for helper (ezer) in his song as is used in Genesis. In the midst of his trouble David, testifies that it is God himself, the creator of Heaven and earth, who comes alongside him, who strengthens and fortifies him. It is the Sovereign God who enables him to achieve what he alone could not accomplish.
I encourage you then, like David, to receive the love, mercy, grace and HELP of God. Why? In order that like David, you may sing for joy in an intimate and secure relationship with your Heavenly Father whatever your circumstances.
Every blessing
Gareth

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