Our Help is in God
Psalm 124 makes a wonderful promise to us about God: “Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
The word translated into English as help is the Hebrew word Ezer. Ezer appears in the Hebrew Scriptures 21 times. Generally the word is used to describe God as the Help of Israel or as our Help, as it does here.
Three times the word ezer refers to a supporting army coming to the rescue. To a significant extent, that’s what Psalm 124:8 tells us about God: Are you in danger or trouble? Call out to God in prayer, and God will rush to help you like a rescuing army would.
Bryan Chapell shares, “One of the most powerful images of my wife’s childhood came when she and a neighbor girl were playing in some woods behind their homes. The neighbor girl wandered from the path and stepped into a nest of ground bees. As the bees began to swarm and sting, the girls began to scream for help. Suddenly, out of nowhere—like Superman, my wife says—her dad came crashing through the woods, leaping over fallen logs, hurdling vines and bushes. He swooped up a girl under each arm and tore through the woods at full speed to get away from the bees. As he ran, the father’s grip bruised the children’s arms, branches scratched their thighs, and thorns grabbed at their clothes and skin. The rescue hurt, but it was better than the bees. The image is not so unlike our heavenly Father’s work. He sees the danger and, at times even before we call out, comes crashing into our worlds. From some throne above the universe, he hurdles galaxies and the infinite expanse of time to enter our realities and take us from spiritual danger. His rescue may hurt, but the goal is always our safety, and the motive is always his love.” (Holiness by Grace)
Two other uses of the word ezer come up in Genesis 2:18 and 2:20, where the word is used to describe Eve as the help and the rescue for Adam’s loneliness. Ezer retains its sense of a strong army rushing to the rescue of one in need, but here it is combined with a sense of intimacy and love. The rescue Adam needed was a rescue of intimate connection and abiding love—which is actually the rescue we are in greatest need of in our lives.
When we combine these two aspects of ezer, we see that the help God promises us is the help of a rescuing army and the help of a loving partner who comes alongside of us to stand with us through the most difficult struggles of our lives.
When a couple gets married, they share vows in which they promise to love and remain faithful to one another in sickness and health, in sorrow and joy, in poverty and wealth—for better or for worse. By using the word that described Eve as the loving, rescuing life-partner to Adam, this verse reminds us that God is the One who will stand by our side, faithful and loving, in sickness and health, in poverty and wealth, in joy and in sorrow through all of eternity.
It has been written about Jesus:
He gave away everything, that we might have God’s best.
He wore a yoke, that our burdens might be lifted.
He wept, that our tears may be wiped away.
He cried, that we might rejoice.
He was rejected, that we might be accepted.
He was shamed, that we might have dignity.
He became poor, that we might be rich in Him.
He had no place to lay His head, that He could prepare a mansion for us in heaven.
That’s our Ezer. That’s our rescuing and loving help from above!