Too many times we can feel helpless and out of control. But we can turn to the One who is fully in control and perfectly able to help in our times of need.
Helpful Bible Verses
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“A Psalm of the sons of Korah”; the date of its composition is uncertain.
“God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
King David wrote this psalm based in part on the song of Deborah in Judges 5. 11th or 10th century B.C.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
King Solomon probably wrote this in the 10th century B.C.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Jesus Christ said this in His famous Sermon on the Mount, probably between A.D. 28 and 30.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
The author of Hebrews is not named in the book, but it may have been written by the apostle Paul in the middle of the first century.
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’”
The author of Hebrews is not named in the book, but may have been written by the apostle Paul in the middle of the first century.
“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to help you, and in His excellency on the clouds.”
“Jeshurun, a pet name for Israel, means ‘Uprightness’” (New King James Study Bible, note on Deuteronomy 32:15, 16).
“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.”
The story of Jabez is a fascinating short interlude in the midst of a long series of genealogies. God highlights Jabez’ prayer of faith and desire to avoid evil and do good. God rewarded him and helped him.
“And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, ‘LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!’”
King Asa, with an army of 580,000, faced the Ethiopian army of 1 million! But Asa knew that, with God on his side, his enemies were actually the ones who were outnumbered.
“But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.”
It seems Psalm 10 was originally part of Psalm 9, a psalm of David. He knew that the helpless and the fatherless (those most insecure in ancient times) could trust in God for help.
“Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.”
In this verse David cries out to his Helper, beseeching the God of his salvation to save him yet again. The rest of Psalm 27 demonstrates David’s confidence that God will answer. See also Hebrews 13:5-6 (quoted above).
“And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.”
David wrote Psalm 37 as an acrostic, and the message of this powerful poem is the importance of patient trust in God in the midst of troubles. This verse concludes and summarizes the message.
“But I am poor and needy; yet the LORD thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.”
David experienced many low points and struggles in his life, for years running from jealous King Saul. Yet he took comfort in God’s care and His help.
“Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless.”
The superscription of Psalm 60 records that David wrote this about a great battle, one that did not succeed at first, but that David knew God would help him win. See more about the final outcome of the battle in 2 Samuel 8:3-8.
“Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.”
“God is described as a mother hen under whose wings the psalmist can come for refuge” (New King James Study Bible, note on Psalm 91:4).
“For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper.”
Psalm 72 is one of two psalms ascribed to King Solomon (Psalm 127 is the other). This psalm describes the rule of the Messiah, who has great care for the poor and needy. No one is helpless who calls on Him.
“You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.”
“My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
Psalm 121 is the second of the Songs of Ascents, 15 hymns “likely used by pilgrims making their way to Jerusalem” for God’s festivals (New King James Study Bible, note on Psalm 120). There is no greater help available than from the Creator of everything!
“Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.”
This psalm gives many reasons God is “worthy of all our confidence.” The Believer’s Bible Commentary summarizes Him as the “Omnipotent Creator,” “Dependable One,” “Advocate of the helpless,” “Provider,” “Emancipator,” “Sight-Giver,” “Uplifter,” “Lover of good men,” “Protector of exiles,” “Friend of the bereft,” “Judge of the evil” and “Eternal King” (verses 6-10).
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
“They are assured of His presence, His relationship, His help, and His sustaining power in what must be one of the loveliest verses in Isaiah” (The Believer’s Bible Commentary, note on Isaiah 41:8-10).
“For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”
“The Lord will hold the exile’s right hand (42:6) just as He held the hand of Moses (63:12). The Lord is with them; they have nothing to fear” (New King James Study Bible, note on Isaiah 41:13).
“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’”
The disciples had not been able to heal his severely afflicted son, so the father had said to Jesus, “But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus had replied, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” The father’s answer gives us hope when we are plagued by doubt that we, too, can ask God to help our unbelief and help us to grow in faith.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”