Bible Verses for when you need God’s Help

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  • 2 Chronicles 32:8 ESV
     With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
  • Psalm 10:14 ESV
    But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
        that you may take it into your hands;
    to you the helpless commits himself;
        you have been the helper of the fatherless.
  • Psalm 20:2 ESV
    May he send you help from the sanctuary
        and give you support from Zion!
  • Psalm 22:19 ESV
    But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
        O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
  • Psalm 30:2 ESV
    O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
        and you have healed me.
  • Psalm 30:10 ESV
    Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
        O Lord, be my helper!”
  • Psalm 31:22 ESV
    I had said in my alarm,[a]
        “I am cut off from your sight.”
    But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
        when I cried to you for help.
  • Psalm 33:20 ESV
    Our soul waits for the Lord;
        he is our help and our shield.
  • Psalm 34:17-19 ESV
    When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
    18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.
    19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
  • Psalm 37:40 ESV
    The Lord helps them and delivers them;
        he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
        because they take refuge in him.
  • Psalm 38:22 ESV
    Make haste to help me,
        O Lord, my salvation!
  • Psalm 40:13 ESV
    Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
        O Lord, make haste to help me!
  • Psalm 40:17 ESV
    As for me, I am poor and needy,
        but the Lord takes thought for me.
    You are my help and my deliverer;
        do not delay, O my God!
  • Psalm 44:26 ESV
    Rise up; come to our help!
        Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!
  • Psalm 46:1 ESV
    God is our refuge and strength,
        a very present help in trouble.
  • Psalm 46:5 ESV
    God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
        God will help her when morning dawns.
  • Psalm 54:4 ESV
    Behold, God is my helper;
        the Lord is the upholder of my life.
  • Psalm 60:11 ESV
    Oh, grant us help against the foe,
        for vain is the salvation of man!
  • Psalm 70:1 ESV
    Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
        O Lord, make haste to help me!
  • Psalm 71:12 ESV
    O God, be not far from me;
        O my God, make haste to help me!
  • Psalm 79:9 ESV
    Help us, O God of our salvation,
        for the glory of your name;
    deliver us, and atone for our sins,
        for your name’s sake!
  • Psalm 94:17 ESV
    If the Lord had not been my help,
        my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
  • Psalm 106:4 ESV
    Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them,
  • Psalm 109:6 ESV
    Help me, O Lord my God!
        Save me according to your steadfast love!
  • Psalm 115:9 ESV
    O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.
  • Psalm 115:11 ESV
    You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
        He is their help and their shield.
  • Psalm 118:7 ESV
    The Lord is on my side as my helper;
        I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
  • Psalm 119:147 ESV
    I rise before dawn and cry for help;
        I hope in your words.
  • Psalm 119:173 ESV
    Let your hand be ready to help me,
        for I have chosen your precepts.
  • Psalm 121:1-2 ESV
    I lift up my eyes to the hills.
        From where does my help come?
    My help comes from the Lord,
        who made heaven and earth.
  • Psalm 124:8 ESV
    Our help is in the name of the Lord,
        who made heaven and earth.
  • Isaiah 41:10 ESV
    fear not, for I am with you;
        be not dismayed, for I am your God;
    I will strengthen you, I will help you,
        I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  • Isaiah 50:7 ESV
    But the Lord God helps me;
        therefore I have not been disgraced;
    therefore I have set my face like a flint,
        and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
  • John 14:16 ESV
     And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever
  • Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV
     For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
  • Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV
    Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,

    “The Lord is my helper;
        I will not fear;
    what can man do to me?”

He Rested

“And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done”
(Genesis 2:3 ,NIV).

For months, one week in April glared off my calendar menacingly.  My husband and I focused all of our attention and energy on getting to that week and getting through that week—appointments, birthday parties, wedding, special church services, meetings, and holiday activities piled on top of our normal schedule.  I had the individual events in my calendar circled in different colors multiple times so that I wouldn’t overlook any one of them.   When people asked us about May, our eyes glazed over uncomprehendingly.  May?  What’s May?  As far as we were concerned, finishing April was the goal.

I’m sure you have weeks on your calendar that look like that, too, an overload of busyness, and you hold your breath in anticipation of it, stress when you think about it, and dream about making it through.

But then our week was done.  The last event finished.  We survived.  We drove home.  We rested.

It sounds so easy, really, to say “rest,” and yet for me rest takes great effort.

I’m physically incapable of napping.  Instead of sleeping, I lie awake thinking about all the things I should be doing instead of sleeping.  By the time I finally give up and throw back the covers in defeat, I’m frantic about the wasted time and move faster through my to-do list to make up for it.

I feel guilty for leisure, embarrassed by free time, and apologetic for fun.

Accepting help or taking a break feels like failure and an admission of weakness.

There’s something else at work here beyond just an addiction to adrenaline.  Oh, how I hate for it to be true, and yet digging down deeply enough reveals its ugly presence—-pride.  Truly, it feels good to be needed.  It feels important to be so busy.

When I run around in a breathless pace, doing, doing, doing all the time, I act as if the world depends on me to function, as if me sitting down for 15 minutes would create cosmic meltdown.

And that’s why God, from the very first week of creation, instituted a Sabbath rest.  It wasn’t for His benefit, as if the Almighty God who created a sun, moon, and planet with the power of His words grew weary and needed to sleep.  No, the Sabbath was not for God.  Instead, Jesus “said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27).

He created a day of rest for you and me.  It’s a reminder that the universe can exist without our involvement and labor.  It’s a re-ordering of our perspective, so that we remember it is God who is essential and not us.  So often, we forget that our jobs, our families, our ministries, our relationships, our everything depend not on our ability, but on God’s power.  We stress about meetings because we think everything relies on how well we present ourselves.  We plot out conversations because we think the outcome depends on the words we choose.  We think.  We plan.  We do.  We fix.  We busy ourselves.  We worry.  We analyze.  We lose sleep.

God knows the pride that burrows itself into our hearts; the tentacles it wraps around us as we seek fulfillment in accomplishments, in tasks completed, in people depending on us.  I’ve written it before and yet need the reminder of my own words:

I’ve seen many women engage in Busyness Battles with each other.   We ask each other what seems like such a simple question, such as “What have you been up to lately?” or “Have you been busy?”  Then, like a Wild West shootout, we breathlessly list our every activity in an effort to “out-busy” the other woman.  The prize?  The personal pride that we are more stressed than the woman we are talking to.  Don’t be embarrassed to concede defeat and say, “Well, I’ve been focusing on de-stressing. On Sunday, I watched a movie with my family and then read some of my book.” You may have lost the shoot-out, but who wants the title of “Most Stressed Woman” anyway?

I read this week that Craig Groeschel, in his book Weird, recommends a to-don’t list.  It’s a tool for those like me who find inactivity takes effort, to help me choose sitting on the deck while my daughters color with sidewalk chalk over doing laundry or choose pushing my baby girl in her swing and listening to her giggles turn to belly laughs over planning church programs.   This isn’t about rules, regulations and law.  It isn’t about Pharisaical hypocrisy and legalism.  It’s about rest and rest is about a humble stepping aside and the placing and continual re-placing of God in control of our lives.

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Now it’s your turn:

Lysa TerKeurst asked this in her blog last week.  I’d love to hear your answers:  What would you put on a to-don’t list?

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Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader.  Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness.  To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.

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