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When Human Help is Worthless

by J. M. Farro on May 14th, 2023

   “Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.  With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies.”  Psalm 108:12-13 NIV

    If you are a devoted follower of Christ, then you have options and resources here on earth that nonbelievers will never have.  David the shepherd-king reveals in the verses above that he was well aware of these heavenly resources.  He states clearly that “human help is worthless,” even though he had a host of mighty men at his command.  And he asks for God’s “aid against the enemy,” knowing that even the devil himself is no match for our God.

   Perhaps you know by now just how worthless human help can be when you are in trouble.  Doctors and medicines can be a tremendous blessing, and God can use them to bring healing.  But the help that these things offer are extremely limited, while God’s divine power is not.  Our jobs and salaries can be valuable resources for us and our families, but they can be taken away from us, and leave us in great need.  Not so with God’s provision, which no one can rob from us when we look to Him as our Source.  And when we are in need of justice in a situation, we can appeal to humans for aid, but if God doesn’t anoint them to help us, they will do us no good because true “justice comes from the Lord” (Proverbs 29:26 NLT).

   David goes on to say, “With God we will gain the victory, and HE will trample down our enemies.”  David was looking to the Lord – and not his mighty men – for help.  When we adopt his posture and perspective, we too will see our God “trample down our enemies” so that “we will gain the victory” He has in store for us!

   Lord, when trouble strikes and I am tempted to panic, remind me that You have heavenly resources and options at my disposal.  Give me wisdom to know how to make the most of Your divine resources and solutions in every situation and circumstance.  Help me to walk closely with You throughout each day, and to spend regular focused time in Your Word, so that I will always be sensitive to Your leading and Your voice.  Thank You that as I give You first place in every area of my life, You will abundantly supply all my needs and give me the desires of my heart! (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 37:4)

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