A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE
Leslie M. John
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1)
It was a song sung upon Alamoth (which was to be sung by soprano or female voices) to the Chief Musician for the sons of Korah. The occasion seems to be one, where the children of Israel scored remarkable victory over their enemies; probably their deliverance from the mighty Assyrian Army under King Sennacherib, who was humbled by God in response to the prayer of Hezekiah. Simple faith in God’s power and help brought victory to them when angel of the LORD went and killed several soldiers of Assyrian army.
“And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses” (2 Kings 19:35)
We, who have God as our help and defender need not fear any evil. The children of Israel saw wonders in the wilderness. In one of the greatest miracles God did before the eyes of His people and His enemy was to part the Red Sea, and deliver His children miraculously. The children of Israel walked on the dry land in the midst of the Red Sea while Pharaoh and his chariots were cast into the Red Sea to be drowned in it.
At the end of tenth plague in Egypt that God brought upon that evil Pharaoh and his people for not letting the children of Israel to be freed from slavery, Pharaoh finally let them go because he could not bear the firstborn in his land including his firstborn die.
Thereafter, God led the children of Israel to the Promised Land. God knew what was good for the children of Israel, who were slaves in the land of Egypt for four hundred years; and that is the reason why He did not take them by shorter route through the land of Philistines; peradventure they would repent seeing wars and prefer to return to Egypt. Rather, the LORD led them by the way of wilderness of the Red Sea.
“And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt” (Exodus 13:17-18)
While the children of Israel were on their way to Canaan, the LORD went before them in a pillar of a cloud by day to show them the way and in a pillar of fire by night to show them the light. God’s desire was to lead them safely whether it was day or night, and that their faith in Him should increase and they be strengthened with boldness in their hearts.
Pharaoh with his chariots and horses followed the children of Israel after letting them free from the bondage of slavery. Harboring evil thoughts like Satan, who comes like roaring lion sometimes and like an angel of light sometimes, Pharaoh chased them from behind until they reached the shores of the Red Sea. The children of Israel saw the Egyptians chasing them from behind, and they being sore afraid, cried to the LORD for help.
“And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD” (Exodus 14:10)
God did not leave them to fall into the hands their enemy, but saved them by letting Moses, His servant lift his rod, and call upon the LORD for help. The LORD parted the Red Sea into two whereby a dry land was formed in the midst of the Sea, and the children of Israel walked safely with their children and their cattle.
However, when Pharaoh and Egyptians made attempt to dash onto the dry land in the midst of the Red Sea, Moses in obedience to the word of the LORD, lifted his rod again, from the other side of the sea, and the waters merged, causing Pharaoh and his chariots to drown in the Red Sea.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea”. (Exodus 14:15-16)
The Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ did not leave Peter his disciple when he was afraid of the turbulent waves in the sea and was about to sink in the water. The Lord lifted him from sinking as soon as Peter called upon the Lord saying “Lord save me”.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. (Matthew 14:30)
If God can save us from the fears that we face on this earth, then it is indeed worth pondering how much He loves us and saves from eternal damnation. Like Pharaoh, Satan is always behind us chasing down the road to eternity until the breath in our nostrils leaves.
It is by faith in the Lord and dependence on Him that we gain triumph in this world. The Lord is always ready to lift us from sinking when we call upon Him saying “Lord save me”.
Whether it is sinner who is calling upon the Lord to save him from eternal damnation, or a believer calling upon Him in day-to-day life, the LORD God Almighty is always ready to redeem the needy.
Believe in Lord Jesus Christ.