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Unless the Lord had been my help

Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, my foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 94:17-19

Professing to be a born again Christian in this day and age is an act of courage as well as a result of grace. It is like placing our lives on a pedestal for all the world to view. Like those at a shooting gallery, they are all there ready and waiting for the 'easy' target to come along that they may shoot it down.

The fact that we are simply sinners saved by grace makes no difference to the snipers when a foot slips here or there.
Why are my brothers and sisters in the faith so quick to judge and find fault with me? Why does it hurt me so much? It is a pain like no other! Why do some folk delight in cutting down instead of building up? Is it really that important what others think of me?

Is it my imagination or is it a fact that those who seem to shout and condemn the most are those who do the least for the Kingdom? Thankfully our Saviour provides a shoulder to lean upon and a listening ear to our complaints and moans. He also provides the balm that heals the ulcerated pain caused by a wayward tongue. After all, no matter what the world may think of the Christian, or for that matter what they expect us to be, we are not supermen or superwomen!
We all have our shortcomings and failings which for many of us are there for the world to view on a daily basis.

The longer I go on in my Christian walk the greater the fear I have within of letting my Saviour and His cause down. I know I fail Him daily. I am sinner and would hold my hand up to being the chief of sinners alive today.

It is a difficult path we must tread and there are many places where our feet may slip. Attractions, distractions, lust, envy, greed - need I go on? There are those who fear to make a commitment to Christ for fear of failing Him. Is this commendable? No, this too is sin!

Yet with all of this He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. He that hath begun the good work in us shall perform it until the day of Christ! Thankfully He has a greater grip on us than we have on Him.

We cannot but speak of the things which we have seen and heard. Oh that we had that dynamic spirit each day of our lives!  But we have to confess though that there have been many times when we have had the opportunity to speak helpfully to someone, yet silence prevailed.  Other times we have spoken and wished that we had kept our mouths shut! Many a preacher has a sleepless Sabbath night thinking over what he would like to have said and what he failed to say.
Many a faithful preacher would have given up altogether had the Lord not been his help.

Amidst all these failings and faults, stumbles and slips - is there any comfort for us?  Yes! The One who keeps us from falling said, 'I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. They that are whole need not a physician but they who are sick. Who is he that is without sin - let him cast the first stone. Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.'

So, my friend, our comfort lies in the atoning work of Jesus of Nazareth on the cross at Calvary. The One at the center of the three crosses stretched forth His hands beckoning sinners like you and I to come unto Him and be saved. Are you aware today my friend of the comfort of having your sins forgiven? Do you know you are washed in the blood of the Lamb. Cleansed at the fountain He opened for sin and uncleanness? Do you have the sure and certain knowledge that before you lies an Eternity with the One whom you love?

There may be many a day when we cannot grasp these precious comforts. But let us take hold of them today with both hands! I am His and He is mine! I would not have it any other way! He teaches me daily the way in which I should go.
He loves me and cares for me despite all my faults and failings. He may chasten like any good father would, but He never condemns me!

Unless the Lord had been my help I cannot imagine where I would be today. I would be in a gutter no doubt! He was my help yesterday, already He has helped me today, and if I am spared to see tomorrow then I can confidently commit my way to Him for that as well.

No matter what others may think or say, I am a sinner who is looking forward to spending an Eternity with my Saviour!

Author : Iain Mackenzie   Edited by : Pastor Al Moak