“Help us, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly; the faithful have disappeared from humankind.” (Psalm 12:1)
Help Us, O Lord
Do you ever feel like the Psalmist - that “there is no longer anyone who is godly”, that “the faithful have disappeared”?
I haven’t gotten to this point, and I am grateful for that. I have been spared such an outlook because I know plenty of people who are faithful to God and to their calling. I also read about other people - people I will never meet - who are faithful. Today in the newspaper I read about the Merriweather family of Pennsylvania. Five years ago, 3-year-old Chase Merriweather got sick while visiting Disney World with his parents and older brother C.J. After Chase was airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, doctors discovered E. Coli bacteria in his arms and legs. His parents, Chad and Chisa, made the decision to allow the doctors to amputate Chase’s arms and legs. Fast-forward to today, where 8-year-old Chase, with prosthetic limbs, plays all kinds of sports and generally doesn’t let anything stop him. Along with his mother, the two give readings at schools and libraries of two children’s books that Chisa wrote, based on Chase’s superhero persona, called “Chaseman.” And the family has started a non-profit, Chase Ur Dream, to give grants to needy families with children who are amputees. (chaseurdream.com)
So… are there faithful, inspiring people in the world? You bet!
And… I can totally relate to the Psalmist crying out to God for help.
There is a Source we can call on in our time of need, whether we are feeling that need as an individual, as a family, as a community, or as a nation.
There are plenty of faithful people around, but we also need God’s help - in the form of God’s wisdom, God’s strength, God’s protection, God’s love, God’s provision, and God’s grace.
Do you need some help, today - some super-powerful help? Then cry out to the Lord! And then listen and pay attention for how God will respond.
Help us, Lord. Help us as we seek to be your faithful people, doing the work you have given us to do.