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Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.”  But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God!  You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.  (Psalm 70:4-5, NKJV).

Psalm 70 is a short Psalm of David; it is a cry for deliverance; a cry of reliance on the only solution to any problem: the Lord God.  As often is the case in the Psalms we see the interaction between the Enemy, The Psalmist, and the LORD.  The Psalmist is in need of deliverance and his cry goes out to his Deliverer – the LORD God Almighty.  David in this little Psalm teaches us much about being poor in spirit.

Who seek YouDavid points out to us that we need to seek the Lord (Deuteronomy 4:9; 1 Chronicles 16:11; Psalm 34:10; Psalm 77:2; Psalm 105:4; and Isaiah 55:6).  David knows God is gracious, full of mercy and love.  The quest should always be for the Lord because there is no other who loves us and wants what is best for us.  The prayer of David’s heart should be ours: seek God first before anything else.  We cannot deliver ourselves from any situation because we are not all knowing (omniscience: 1 John 3:20; Job 37:17; Psalm 147:5; Proverbs 15:3; Psalm 139:4; John 4:16-19; Mark 2:8; Luke 5:22; John 2:24-25; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; John 14:26; and John 1:12-13), all powerful (omnipotence: Job 42:2; Genesis 18:14; Matthew 19:26; Luke 4:39; Luke 7:14-15; Luke 8:54-55: John 5:25; Matthew 8:26-27; and Luke 1:35), and present everywhere (omnipresence: Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Acts 17:24-28; Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 18:20; and Matthew 28:20) like our loving Father is.  Self cannot get the job done.  The only One able is God.

Let God be magnifiedMagnifying the self is never called for in Scripture.  Yet this thought runs contrary to the world in which we engage, but we are to be contrary to the world (1 John 2:15-17; James 4:4; John 15:9; 2 Timothy 4:10).  Magnified means to become great, to make great, to grow up, to grow, and to promote.  Magnification allows us to focus our attention on an object by bringing characteristics into plain view as large as life.  Our desire is for His work in us to be magnified, increased, to promote growth in us to His likeness, and for His glory.  When we magnify the Lord we see Him in His entire spender which is contrary to our self which is in need of a lot of work.  He increases while we decrease (John 3:30) for His will is above our will.  The call in the Word is to magnify the Lord for He is worthy (Psalm 34:3 and Psalm 69:30).

I am poor and needy.  David makes a clear statement that he is poor in spirit.  He is in need of God’s intervention because he lacks any resources that can help his situation in life.  David is a beggar in need of a handout.  David is bankrupt with no assets to his name and a debt that only God can wipe clean.

You are my help and my deliverer.  David makes a clear statement of fact that is easy to overlook: God is needed to help us get through life because in our self we are ill-equipped.  David has God-confidence rather than self-confidence as espoused by the world (Proverbs 3:26; Proverbs 14:26; 2 Corinthians 3:4; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:6; Hebrews 10:19; Hebrews 10:35).  Nowhere in the Word of God are we to have confidence in ourselves (Philippians 3:3 and Psalm 118:8-9).

Make haste to me/do not delay.  David recognizes the urgency of his request.  We need God’s help now.  We cannot go another minute without Him directing our lives, working in us to fulfill His will.  David knows that God is going to answer in the affirmative because he understands the Person of the Lord; that He in His loving-kindness wants to work in our lives for our good.  David is in need of help and God will provide it.

In order to start building confidence in God rather than in yourself see Him in the attributes of being omniscience, omnipotent, and omnipresent by reading and praying about the following Scripture passages: (1) omniscience: 1 John 3:20; Job 37:17; Psalm 147:5; Proverbs 15:3; Psalm 139:4; John 4:16-19; Mark 2:8; Luke 5:22; John 2:24-25; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; John 14:26; and John 1:12-13; (2) omnipotent: Job 42:2; Genesis 18:14; Matthew 19:26; Luke 4:39; Luke 7:14-15; Luke 8:54-55; John 5:25; Matthew 8:26-27; and Luke 1:35; and (3) omnipresent: Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Acts 17:24-28; Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 18:20; and Matthew 28:20.

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