Help Me Up, Lord

Let’s face it, there are times when life is the pits. We’re separated from the people we love. And we’re lonely. We didn’t get the promotion that we really, really were hoping for. Someone else got it instead. That project that we spent so much time on? Yeah, it bombed.

You work hard, sacrifice much, and throw your entire heart and soul into your family, your friends, your job, your life’s calling. But no one seems to see it or appreciate it. It just feels so frustrating. And so unfair.

You feel lower than a snake’s belly.

And maybe it’s Christmas time, so people are singing about peace, joy, togetherness and love. Not only are you not feeling it, but the lights, the songs, the scent of the Christmas tree — they just make it all feel worse.

Much worse.

God may seem far away. It may seem like he is simply ignoring our plight.

But he knows. And he cares. God, high above, sees far below. No matter the distance, he knows everything about you.

He loves you. And he will vindicate you. He will put things right. He will never abandon the child he loves. His love is eternal. He’s not going to quit on you now.

After all, didn’t he redeem you? And the work he has begun in you, he will lovingly bring to completion. Jesus always finishes what he starts. You will be protected and preserved. And his name will be glorified.

You may be down. But you’re not out.

So, go ahead. Because you can. Call out, “Help me up, Lord!”

Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
    though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
    with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever—
    do not abandon the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:6-8, NIV)

Help me up, Lord!

Our Bible reading for Friday, December 4, is Daniel 11:2-35, 1 John 4:7-21 and Psalm 138:1-8.

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I'm married to my beautiful wife Julie and have five kids whose names all begin with the letter A. I'm a pastor at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix, AZ. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. Huge Arizona Cardinals fan! Reading, hiking, camping, travel, and fishing are my top 5 downtime pleasures.

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  1. Our Bible reading for Friday, December 4, is Daniel 11:2-35, 1 John 4:7-21 and Psalm 138:1-8.

    Today I’m thankful for… Patience when I need it, low expectations, reality hitting me in square in the face.

    “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    “The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭138:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    Heavenly Father, it is your love that makes me whole. I know your love and I thank you for it everyday. It is your great love that gave me a Savior for my sin in your Son Jesus. Lord help to share love with others. Help me to be kind, passionate, persevering, just like you.

    ~Paul Montenieri


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