Psalm 121:1, 2 – I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
God is still our help. Many things may have changed between the writing of this verse and now, but God is still the same. He continues to come to the aid of His children, bearing their burdens and comforting their hearts. He does not turn a blind eye to their sufferings and their prayers, but cares for them as a Shepherd would His sheep.
We needlessly suffer through trials, temptations, and heartaches alone, refusing to lean on the strength of the Lord. He is always willing and always available to tend to the needs of His children. Rely on Him for your help, and He will not fail you.
Further Reading – Hebrews 13:5 – … for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Exodus 20:2 – I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Though this passage was addressed to the Israelites, it applies to God’s people today. Our Lord may not have rescued us from literal slavery, but He has redeemed us from something equally as enslaving: sin. At one point or another, sin was our house of bondage. No matter how hard we tried to be free, that sin still had a hold on us; we were under its bondage.
But Christ saw fit to redeem all who are under the bondage of sin. He died on the cross so we may be slaves no longer. Those of us who are free know how great of a blessing this is. The chains that enslaved us were broken and replaced with the light and easy yoke of the Lord.
If you are still struggling with a sin, know that you do not need to struggle alone any longer. The Lord promised to bring His people out of the house of bondage, and, should you ask deliverance of Him, He will not deny you. And if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).
Colossians 3:13 – Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Our God is a perfect example of forgiveness. He tirelessly forgives the trespasses we commit, despite the pain it causes Him every time we sin. He forgives those who blaspheme and curse His name. He even forgave those who betrayed and killed Him. His free forgiveness is available to anyone.
We are called to forgive our brothers and sisters in Christ as God has forgiven us. The same mercy, grace, and plentiful forgiveness we take advantage of every day should be shown to those around us. There is no reason why we should not forgive. No wrong against us can ever be as great as the misdeeds the Lord has forgiven.
When wronged, choose to forgive. Forgive as He forgave the Pharisees and those that betrayed and killed Him. Forgive as freely as He forgives our sins each and every day. Forgive as Christ forgave.
Further Reading – Matthew 18:21-35
Matthew 6:15 – 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.