Help, LORD, I Am Afraid

by Paul Tautges | March 16, 2012 6:31 am

In moments of anxiety, panic, and dread of both the known and unknown, where do you turn? Who do you cry out to for help? Personally, I have found no better remedy than that of repeating the words of the frightened psalmists. Praying back to our great God and patient Savior the words of the divinely-inspired prayer book—the Psalms—soothes my soul as truth corrects my focus and feeds my feeble, wavering faith. Here’s an example of one I have prayed through many times. May it calm your heart as its truth produces reigning peace.

Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me! Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire my hurt! Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!” May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!  (Psalm 70)

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