From Pastor’s Desk: 2-14-16
Psalm 22:19 …but you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
We must be careful to consider the true meaning (in my opinion) of this verse. The principle of it is that the LORD is never far removed, but is always in close proximity to us, and in so being, help from Him will come with quick response. But lest we think that means instant deliverance from any given situation we must remember those other times when we prayed and He came, not necessarily to deliver out of it, but rather, provide strength during. Those, in fact, are the times in which our faith increased, because of the strength He provided midst adverse circumstances.
One of the many names the Psalmist attributes to the LORD is “Strength.” It is in Him, our Strength, we can stand in the face of adversity. In Him, our Strength, we “can do everything with the help of Christ who gives the strength I need” us (Phil 4:13).
Many times the Psalmist called upon the LORD for help. All those times the LORD, always there, responded quickly, yet he was not delivered immediately. Remember, there was quite a long time frame from shepherd status to kingly status. In the “valley” between his anointing to the time he took the throne there lay many pitfalls that would otherwise have taken him down had it not been for his faith in his LORD, whom he came to know as his Strength.
David laments in verses 12-18 all the suffering he had experienced. Then, with the conjunction “but” he turns to praising his LORD. In effect he is saying that even though bad things are happening, he knows that prayer, coupled with faith in his LORD, will bring quick response. Not necessarily to deliver him from, but be his Strength in.
Are we so much unlike David? Don’t we find ourselves in similar, or same, circumstance at times? We have the same LORD that David had to call upon. The LORD has not changed! He is still, and always will be יְהֹוָה yehôvâh (yeh-ho-vaw’); (the) self-Existent or eternal; Jehovah. He was David’s Strength, and He is our Strength today.