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A Devo From Scot - Psalm 147

Dear Church,

I’d like you to recall a time when you really needed help. Perhaps it was as simple as an unexpected flat tire on a rainy day in an unfamiliar city, or it was a painful discovery about your teenager that far exceeded your parental experience or knowledge. Help. You needed big help. In those times, and more so as the desperation increases, just about any help will do. Help.

Today I invite you - within this recall of your need for help - to read Psalm 147. It’s a short 20 verses, shorter than it may seem because of its density and terseness, so I would love you to read it more than once. Get a feel for its flow and heart. It was written as an extended cry for help.

Part of the manifold beauty of Psalm 147 is the references to God’s knowledge, wisdom, strength, power and love. Within the cry for help, the psalmist balances his requests with affirmations of God’s ability to help and desire to help. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars and gives names to all of them… His understanding is infinite… The LORD favors those who fear Him, those who wait for His lovingkindness… He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.

There is no when or if. You need help today. Right now. You always do. Let the revelation of Psalm 147 remind you to connect that need for help to the character and power and grace of God. He is able. Believe me friend, He is able to provide any help you need. And He is willing. He is ready. His infinite wisdom and perfect character are the guides for the engagement of His help and rescue. Trust Him. Cry out to Him right now.

I love you church,

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