“Help, Lord” – Psalm 12:1

This prayer from Psalm 12:1 is remarkable, for it is short, but seasonable and suggestive. David mourned the fewness of faithful men, and therefore lifted up his heart in supplication; when the creature failed, he flew to the Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness or he would not have cried for help. The Psalmist runs straight-forward 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. In providential afflictions, how suitable it is for tried believers who find all helpers failing them. Students of the Word, 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 times of inward conflicts, may send to the throne for reinforcements, and this will be a model for their request. Workers in heavenly labor may thus obtain grace in time of need. Seeking sinners, in doubts and alarms, may offer up the same weighty supplication. In fact, in all these cases, times, and places, this will serve the turn of needy souls, “Help, Lord” will suit us in living and dying, in suffering or laboring, in rejoicing or sorrowing. In Him is our help found, so let us not be slack to cry to Him. The answer to prayer is certain, if it be sincerely offered through Jesus. The Lord’s character assures us that He will not leave His people–“Fear not, I will help thee.”

– C. H. Spurgeon

I can testify by real experience how many times David’s prayer of “Help, Lord”, was answered for Linda and I during my surgery week, even up to this present hour on Tuesday afternoon. How can you feel as good as I do, only 7 days after open-heart surgery? I stand amazed. The Lord gave me 2 verses for battle going into the time– “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee” and “Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.”

I asked the Lord, going into the time, to give me grace just to trust Him, and to help me to abide in a place of faith and trust, in calling upon Him continually throughout the time after waking up in ICU; at times, I only had the consciousness or strength to say, “Help me, Lord” or “Be near, Lord” or “Grace please right now”; and the answers came regularly. Just when I needed it, I was given what I needed, every day and every night. Sometimes, He gave me pain relief and sometimes He gave me a fresh sense of His presence with me; at other times, the Lord brought verses alive to me, which I prayed and they brought comfort and faith to my heart and mind.

I have improved every day so much that I actually feel good and pain free this afternoon. He is so good; He did not have to answer in this way nor did He have to make my recovery so quick and remarkable. I am so thankful to Him, as to how he has helped Linda and I. It’s like He has laid us on a bed of comfort and carried us, bearing every bump with heavenly shock absorbers and giving grace for every challenge.

Amy Carmichael said once that she learned to pray simple prayers for what she felt she needed at any point– “Wisdom, Lord” – “Strength, Lord, now please” – “Grace and relief, O Lord please” – this is what I have experience all week. Spurgeon is so right.

Please share this with anyone you know who is suffering and in need of help. ‘Help, Lord’. When in our need and with sincerity, we learn to pray in simple and dependent ways, He does help, and O, how wonderful it is when divine grace visits the needy soul or needy body.

– Mack T.

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