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Psalm 12:1

June 17 Morning
Send help, Lord, for mercy has come to an end; there is no more faith among the children of men.

The prayer itself is remarkable, for it is short, but timely, concise, and expressive. David mourned the fewness of faithful men and lifted up his heart in supplication. When the men failed, he flew to the Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness, or he would not have cried for help; but at the same time he intended to honestly exert himself for the cause of truth. The word "help" does not apply when we do nothing for ourselves. There is much directness, clearness of perception, and distinctness of utterance in this petition. Much more, indeed, than in the long rambling outpourings of some preachers. The Psalmist runs straight 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. It is for tired believers in situations of affliction who find all helpers are failing them. Students, in doctrinal difficulties, may often find clarity by lifting up this cry of "Help, Lord," to the Holy Spirit, the great Teacher. Spiritual warriors in inward conflicts may send to the throne of God for reinforcements, and this will be a model for their request. Workers in heavenly labour may obtain grace in time of need this way. Seeking sinners, with doubts and fears, may offer up the same weighty prayer. In fact, in all these cases, times, and places, this will serve the needs of needy souls. "Help, Lord," will suit us living and dying, suffering or labouring, rejoicing or sorrowing. In Him our help is found, let us not be slow to cry to him.

The answer to the prayer is certain, if it is sincerely offered through Jesus. The Lord's character assures us that he will not leave his people; his relationship as Father and Husband guarantee us his aid; his gift of Jesus is a pledge of every good thing; and his sure promise stands, "Fear not, I will help you."

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