Funeral Service from Psalm 121:1-4 | The Lord Will Help Me


The Lord Will Help Me (Psalm 121:1-4)

This lesson was preached at a funeral in October 1996.

My Help is the Lord, vv 1-2

When we hurt, it’s natural to want help. The psalmist needed help: “From where will my help come?” You might be asking the same question: “How can I get through this?”

“My help comes from the Lord who made the heaven and earth.”

True help comes from God. God is the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3). God is the God of love (1 Jn 4:8). God is the God of concern (1 Pet 4:7).

It hurts God to see you hurt. We often pray something like, “Comfort them with the comfort only you can give.” Such is so true.

The God who helps us made the heaven and earth. It’s comforting to know that God who is that powerful cares for me. Psalm 8:3-4.

Poem: He Careth

What can it mean? Is it ought to Him
That the nights are long and the days are dim?
Can He be touched by the griefs I bear,
Which sadden the heart and whiten the hair?
Around His throne are eternal calms,
And strong, glad music of happy psalms,
And bliss unruffled by any strife;
How can He care for my little life?

And yet I want Him to care for me
While I live in this world where the sorrows be;
When the lights die down from the path I take,
When strength is feeble and friends forsake;
When love and music, that once did bless,
Have left me to silence and loneliness.
And my life-song changes to sobbing prayers,
Then my heart cries out for a God who cares.

Oh, wonderful story of deathless love!
Each child is dear to that heart above;
He fights for me when I cannot fight,
He comforts me in the gloom of night;
He lifts the burden, for He is strong;
He stills the sigh and awakens the song;
The sorrow that bowed me down He bears,
And loves and pardons because He cares.

Let all who are sad take heart again;
We are not along in our hours of pain;
Our Father stoops from His throne above
To sooth and quiet us with His love.—Anonymous

My Help Continually is the Lord, vv 3-4

The Lord does not sleep. We grow tired and need rest. God never needs rest.

Therefore, there is never a time when God cannot help us.

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