Help: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Psalm 121
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
"I can't do it! I give up. There just isn't any use."
Such words of defeat. Expressions of failure. Words that crossed my lips recently and ones I'm sure we've all spoken in times past. They are words not commonaly said as a result of one particularly stressful day - as one day we can usually manage to get through. Instead, these words of defeat come from the continuation and build up of many things, day after day and maybe week after week. We've tried so hard, worked to the best of our ability, done everything we can do and it still isn't working. The troubles just seem to mount instead of diminish. We're tired of trying; our strength is gone. There just doesn't seem to be any use in keeping going any longer. Finally we just slump in our chair, throw up our hands and say, "That's it. I quit! I can't take it any longer."
But wait. Stop listening to your insistent words of defeat and listen instead to the words, written by Isaiah, as words from the Lord, your God...
"How can you say I do not see your troubles? How can you say I refuse to hear your case? Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that I am the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? I never grow faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of my understanding. I give power to those who are tired and worn out: I offer strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on Me will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." (my paraphrase from NLT)
Don't be afraid for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. (NLT)
Did you hear? Did you catch what He said? In case you didn't, here it is again....
I faint not.
I am never weary.
I have understanding without limit.
I have chosen you.
I will not cast you away.
I have rescued you from the ends of the earth.
I have called you.
I have said unto you, "You are my servant".
I give power to the faint.
I increase the strength of those that have none.
I renew the strength of those that wait on me.
I am with you.
I will hold your right hand.
I am your God.
I will strengthen you.
I will uphold you with my victorious and righteous right hand.
I will help you.
I will help you.
I will help you.
Did you get it this time?
In light of such words, how can we say, "I give up"? How can words of failure torment our minds and cause us to pack it all in? The everlasting God (Elohim: God of all power, authority and sovereignty, the God of all gods and the Highest of all) will help us. The LORD (Yehweh: the self-existent, eternal One, always present with and near to His people) will uphold us. He doesn't even just pass out strength and then leave us on our own. No, He will help us and even beyond that, He will hold our hand in His and guide us through. How can we not be built up and renewed with strength as read and ponder these words? May we say with the author of Psalm 121...
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Cling to these promises. Memorize them. Repeat them over and over as you cast away all words of defeat. Our strength and help comes from the LORD our God. With His help, you (and I) CAN do it!