***Phil 1:11….Phil 2:19-24…..Phil 2:25-30 and Phil 4:21
-Paul had people around him to help him out & pray for him…
-Paul had Jesus with Him – Hebrews 13:5
HELP IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY
The Assyrian army were getting ready to invade Israel
Hezekiah received a threatening letter from the Assyrians
Isaiah 37:14-20 – Hezekiah prayed in the temple and asked for help
***ALWAYS GO THE THE LORD FIRST***
verse 1 – I WILL LIFT UP MY EYES TO THE LORD (Looks Outward)
-maybe the Egyptians will come and help us
– Where will my help come from? (Looks Inward)
-this is a question the author asks
verse 2 – MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD (Looks to the Lord)
-our help only comes from the Lord
-this is a song of Ascent – sung on the way to the temple from the lowlands
The Lord can help us because He made the Heaven and the Earth…
—He is a God who cares and can….
vs3-4 – HOW DOES THE LORD HELP US?
-The Lord will not allow our foot to be moved – He Energizes Us……..
-this speaks about taking a stand
-the Lord will help us when we receive a bad report
Example: Israel – Numbers 13:1-2, 17-24, 30-35
-Israel received a promise from the Lord to take the promised land and live there
-12 spies were sent up into the land and they accepted the bad report
-they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years
-Caleb and Joshua gave a good report and declared the good report
-GIVE VOICE TO THE WORD
vs5-7 – HOW DOES THE LORD HELP US?
-The Lord defeats All Of Our Enemies and Evil
v6 – They thought Heat stroke and Moon stroke could affect people
1. THE LORD HIMSELF FIGHTS OUR ENEMIES DIRECTLY
Isaiah 37:36-38 – do not mess with the body of Christ or Israel
2. THE LORD GIVES US ENERGY AND STRENGTH TO FIGHT THE ENEMY OURSELVES
shade – holds back the sun and heat and refreshes us so we can fight
-the right hand represents the fighting hand, power and strength. We must fight the enemy ourselves through the authority of Jesus Christ
evil – means something wicked and injurious. It comes from a root signifying the breaking up of all that is good….
verse 8 – HOW DOES THE LORD HELP US?
He helps us by preserving or keeping our souls
-GOING OUT AND COMING IN – this refers to our regular routines of life
-the Lord is with us wherever we go and will always keep our souls – will always make sure we make it to heaven
***The Jesus leaves earth and the Holy Spirit comes who is ANOTHER HELPER
-another – means another of the same kind