Jehovah-ezer: The Lord my Helper

“Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.” (Psalm 33:20)

The Hebrew translation of “LORD; He is our help” is “Yehovah ezer” or Jehovah Ezer which means Lord our help. In this verse this is how our God is addressed the Lord is our help. This is the God who brought the heavens and the earth into existence, which came into being by the Word of God. “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)

The Christian believer should take full possession of this verse, That God is our helper and our shield. With God going before us and covering our back then we should wait upon the Lord and move forward at His command without fear. When walking in the will of God we go boldly forward with no fear of man. “The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6) We can walk right through the Valley of the Shadow of Death without anxiety or fear for if God is for us whom then shall we fear? “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31) Our God is the rock, He is unchangeable, and is the same today as He was in the beginning and shall be forever. God is Jehovah Ezer, our true helper.

In the battle in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah King Asa called upon the Lord to help him and his army of 300,000 to battle against Zerah the Ethiopian and their army of one million men and 300 Chariots. King Asa offered this prayer to the Lord. “Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, “LORD, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.” (2 Chronicles 14:11)

King Asa was a godly ruler of the Southern Kingdom of Judah and provides for us a good example to mold our lives after. King Asa could have done as so many do in this world and relied upon his own efforts and that of his men. But King Asa knew to acknowledge the Lord is all his paths that God would direct his way and grant him and Judah the victory. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6) King Asa placed his trust in the Lord and not his own abilities or that of his army. Sometimes in life we find that the best prayer we can offer to God is “Lord help me.”

The Christian believer faces a powerful evil spirit that rules in this world. We are not only at battle against the flesh but also against the devil, each of which can overpower us and we are unable to fight in our own strength. As the children of God we need to be in constant prayer to God our helper as King Asa that the Almighty God will fight the battle through us and grant us the victory. We should be as King Asa and humble ourselves before the Lord our helper who is a very present help in times of trouble. “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:1-2)

When the Assyrians were attacking King Hezekiah he offered his people these words of comfort and encouragement. “Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him. “With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.” (2 Chronicles 32:7-8) King Hezekiah showed a great trust in God and knew that He was the faithful and true helper. His faith in God calmed the people and their hearts were restored for the battle before them. Peace is not a life with no storms or battles to be fought but a promised calm while in the midst of the tossing waves.

Jesus is our Jehovah Ezer. When we are buried in the mire of sin and feel there is no way out, this is the time to call upon Jesus our helper. We may look at our past and feel that we are unworthy of His help. We may feel that it is not possible to be forgiven of our sinful past. Jesus, our helper, died for us while we were yet sinners. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Do not wait to become good enough because you never will. The sins you have committed have already been paid for. Your soul has been purchased by the blood of Jesus and you can be debt free if you would just accept Him and His forgiveness. We have this promise from His true Word. “For He says, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

Jesus is our helper because He is our companion, a friend that is closer than a brother and will never forsake us. “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) He is faithful and true and willing to forgive. “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, January 24, 2016

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