16O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
17Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
Help and Comfort
Where do we go for help and comfort? David, the writer of Psalm 86, understood that the only place to go for help and comfort is the Lord. To go to any other would only give a temporary salve, if that, but the comfort of the Lord is a deep balm to our souls.
Isaiah picks up this same theme in chapter 52,
9 Break forth into joy, sing together,
You waste places of Jerusalem!
For the LORD has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
(Isaiah 52:9, New King James Version)
Why is the Lord our help and comfort? He is our help and comfort because He has redeemed Jerusalem. If Christ had not come and had not died for His children, there would be no comfort available known to man, for man would be steeped in his own sin with no hope for remediation.
But Christ did come, and He did shed His own precious blood on behalf of His people, and then He conquered sin and death for all eternity that He might save a people for Himself. Who are these people?
As we look through the annals of history, we discover that God appeared unto certain men throughout time. Genesis gives us the history of God calling a people for Himself, through His most humble servant, Abraham, promising him that his children would be as the sands of the sea.
When Christ was resurrected and was about to ascend into heaven, He gave a charge to his disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. We see, then, that even Gentiles were included in God's great call; even Gentiles would be part of the spiritual seed of Abraham.
Truly the Gospel is a simple, but most profound blessing. God, through His Son, took on the form of a man, like unto us, except without sin, with the sole intent of paying the awful debt of our sin. But that is not all. When He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father, He promised to send a Comforter.
That Comforter, the Holy Spirit, does not just visit us, but, rather, He lives within the hearts of all true believers. It is more than we could ever hope or imagine--God living within our very hearts and souls.
As you go about the duties of this day, remember, if you are a child of God, Christ lives within your heart. You have access to Him 24/7. Ask Him for help and comfort; ask Him to intercede for you before God, the Father; and ask Him to keep you from sin which so easily entangles us.
Amazing love, how can it be,
That Thou, my God, didst die for me?
God Bless You,