O Israel, you have destroyed yourself; but in me is your help.…
There is great simplicity and great beauty in this designation of the Almighty. It is indeed wonderful that he who fashioned and who rules this mighty universe should deign to reveal himself to the poor, frail, feeble children of men as their Help!
I. MAN'S NEED OF HELP. We need help from one another; and there is no member of society who is independent. The child is dependent upon the help of the parent, the master upon the help of the servant, etc. But all stand in need of moral, spiritual help, which none but God can bring. And there are special occasions and circumstances which bring home to us our need of help; e.g. when we feel our weakness in the presence of difficult duties, sore temptations, crushing sorrows.
II. GOD'S SUFFICIENCY AS THE HELP OF MAN.
1. We perceive this from the consideration of Divine power and resources. All things are at God's command and under God's control.
2. His pity and sympathy assure us of effective help. There are circumstances in which power and even-liberality are of little avail. The heart craves for the heart's sympathy. Of God we know that "in all our afflictions he is afflicted;" and Christ has revealed himself as "touched with a feeling of our infirmities." God makes himself known to men as their Help, and his assurance must be unhesitatingly and joyfully accepted.
3. The experience of "all saints" witnesses to God's power and willingness to help in time of need. - T.
Parallel VersesKJV: O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.