Please Help Me

Psalm 9:13-14 (NIV)

13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
in the gates of Daughter Zion,
and there rejoice in your salvation.

When we get in trouble, that’s when some of us earnestly start to pray to God to save us from our troubles.  There are different reasons for asking for God’s help.    For some, we need God’s help so that we are successful in our career and we will be admired by our colleagues and our boss.  Others are in sin and are desperate to ask God for help in getting out of their struggles.  Others want God’s help so that they will live a comfortable life and feel good about themselves.

When David was crying for help, he was asking for justice to be restored to Israel and so that other nations can admire God’s power.  David’s motive was for the glory and honour of God.  I know that when we ask God for help, most of the time it will concern ourselves or those who we care about.  It’s difficult for me to pray and ask God on an on-going basis to help somebody I don’t know.

I have to consider also that if my motivation is driven by selfish desires, will God hear my cry for help?  He may be merciful or he may allow me to go through what I am going through so that I can learn either from my mistakes or to develop greater character and strength.  If God does help me, how grateful and thankful am I to Him for showing that mercy?

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