Mercy for Desperate Need

“May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.” Psalm 79:8b

Have you been there before? That place of desperate need? I sure have.

I’ve been there when the need is my own, and I’ve been there when the need is a loved one’s. And if you’re like me, you feel a loved one’s desperate need almost as intensely as if it were your own.

The Psalmist—Asaph in the verse above—knew that place of desperate need, along with all Israel according to the context of the passage. And whom did Asaph turn to on behalf of Israel in their time of desperation? He turned to God. To the only One who could sustain and rescue them.

Do we do the same when life goes spinning out of control or when all seems hopeless? Do we call on God first, or do we expect family or friends to have the answers? Do we attempt to dull the pain with drink or pills? Do we latch on to junk food and try to eat our way to peace or maybe get the credit card out and go to town—in more ways than one?

None of these measures can truly sustain or rescue us, can they? None can supply the mercy—the rescue—we need in our place of desperation. Only God can do that. God is our answer.

God may use our friends or members of our families or people we don’t even know to help us in our times of trouble, but any goodness or wisdom in these servants of his comes from him. He is the Creator, the Sustainer, the Provider of all we’ll ever need.

Next time we find ourselves in that place of desperate need, let’s remember to turn to him first. As we do, he will come to us as well—for his is a mercy that meets us. He has the mercy we need.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20

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  1. Amen & Amen!

  2. It is sometimes our reflex to pick up the phone rather than call out to the ONE that already knows and is there and waiting for us. Great post. : )

  3. What a great reminder that our first call should always be to God. Then a good christian friend as a follow up. Thanks Cheryl

  4. Annette, Kay, & Nanette, so glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for your comments!

  5. Oh so true. God has gone to great lengths to teach me this and I just taught on it again a few weeks back. Great reminder!

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