Ever Present Help

“O Lord, why do you stand so far away?  Why do you hide when I need you most?”  (Psalm 10:1 NLT) In our deepest struggles, I’m convinced that Jesus is not only at work in our lives, but very close to us.  I came across this passage and could never articulate it as well as Meyer, so I thought I would just share it with you.

This passage is a devotional written regarding Psalm 10:1, out of Great Verses Through the Bible, a devotional commentary on key verses of the Bible, by F. B. Meyer:

“Why standest Thou afar off, O Lord.” (Psalm 10:1) 

 “Men in sorrow do not always speak wisely; and they ask many questions which God does not answer.  Here is one.  God does not stand afar off and hide Himself in times of trouble.  As the psalmist sings, in a happier mood, “He is a very present help in time of trouble.”  But He permits trouble to pursue us, as though He were indifferent to its overwhelming pressure; that we may be brought to an end of ourselves and led to discover the treasures of darkness, the unmeasurable gains of tribulation.  No cross, no crown.  No pain, no gain.

We may be sure that He who permits the suffering is with us in it.  The form of the Fourth may be hard to distinguish, but it is there in the fire.  It may be that we shall only see Him when the trial is passing; but we must dare to believe that He never leaves the crucible.  Our eyes are holden; and we cannot behold Him whom our soul loveth.  It is dark - the bandages blind us so that we cannot see the form of our High Priest.  But He is there, deeply touched.  Let us not rely on feeling, but on faith in His unswerving fidelity; and though we see Him not, let us talk to Him in whispers as though we could detect Him.

“I take the pain, Lord Jesus, from thine own hand, the strength to bear it bravely, Thou will command.”

Directly, we begin to speak to Jesus, as being literally present, though His presence is veiled, there comes an answering voice which shows that He is in the shadow, keeping watch upon His own.  Do not be afraid of the darkness.  Behind the cloud, the sun is shining.  Little child, your Father is as near when you journey through the dark tunnel as when under the open heaven!  Go nearer, and you will feel Him!”