Hasten, O God, to save me; come quickly, Lord, to help me. (Psalm 70:1)
We are all familiar with what is called a 911 emergency. The term indicates that someone is in desperate need of immediate help for a variety of reasons. For nearly a decade I responded to such calls when I served on the Hollywood Fire Rescue Department. But did you know there are also many “911 emergency calls” placed throughout Scripture? We see one such call in the inspired plea in today’s verse.
The psalmist was David, who often found himself short on time and long on desperate need; therefore he was in the habit of “dialing 911,” confident that God would always answer. It is evident that in Psalm 70 David was calling upon God with an overwhelming sense of urgency. He cried out to God in verse one and then again in verse five: “You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.” David’s condition was dismal and his need was dire; and if God did not answer quickly, the end result would be disastrous.
Don’t miss what else David did during his 911 call to God: He added praise to his plea, and that should remind you and me to do the same. In the midst of any prayer we ought to plead with our God and praise Him at the same time. God is on the throne of our lives. He knows what is best for us. He knew what we need and when we need it. And often He puts us in situations where the only way out is to look up.
David was in the habit of looking up. How is it with you? Do you look to God first in times of need or crisis? Remember, David came to God for help, not hoping or wishing that God would come through for him. Rather, he came to God knowing that God would come through; David was filled with the confident assurance that God was for him and with him and would deliver him from his enemies.
Finally, please don’t miss how David saw himself! “I am poor and needy,” he confessed. British commentator George Horne exulted, “With such a Father and such a Friend, poverty becometh rich, and weakness itself is strong.”
We have such a Friend in heaven—a Friend who sticks closer than a brother and who has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Whenever you feel a need, Christian, cry out to Him!
You are in my prayers and in my heart.
Purpose and Passion,