Psalm 108:12

 

EXPOSITION

Verse 12. Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. This prayer has often fallen from the lips of men who have been bitterly disappointed by their fellows, and it has also been poured out unto the Lord in the presence of some gigantic labour in which mortal power is evidently of no avail. Edom cannot be entered by any human power, yet from its fastnesses the robber bands come rushing down; therefore, O Lord, do thou interpose and give thy people deliverance. Help divine is expected because help human is of no avail. We ought to pray with all the more confidence in God when our confidence in man is altogether gone. When the help of man is vain, we shall not find it vain to seek the help of God.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Verse 12. Give us help from trouble, etc. He who would have God's help in any business, must quit confidence in man's help; and the seeing of the vanity of man's help must make the believer to trust the more unto, and expect the more confidently God's help, as here is done. "Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man." --David Dickson.

 

HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS

Verse 12. The failure of human help is often

  1. The direct cause of our prayer.
  2. The source of urgency in pleading.
  3. A powerful argument for the pleader.
  4. A distinct reason for hope to light upon.