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Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord. . . . I am poor and needy; make haste unto me, O God: Thou art my help and my deliverer ; O Lord, make no tarrying.”—Psalm lxx. 1, 5.

THIS is David's prayer; and in another of his psalms (Psalm xl. 17) are found almost the same words as these last: "I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me : Thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God."

If I did not find David, the man after God's own heart, praying thus, and if his words were not written in the Book of God, and evidently approved by Him, and meant as a pattern for prayer-if it were not for this, I should not dare to ask God to make haste, and not to tarry; I should fear I was guilty of impatience

and presumption. And the urgency of this prayer strikes me all the more, because elsewhere I find David speaking to himself thus, "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him," and thus also, "O tarry thou the Lord's leisure;" and in many other places we are taught to wait patiently till it shall please the Lord to send us help, while still praying and trusting.

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But the Lord allows His servants great liberty of speech, and our Father does not check His children when they come to Him urgently in urgent need. By our great and sympathizing High Priest we may come boldly--with free speech-to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." If at any time we need special help, then at that very time we may ask for it. When our need is pressing, and we want God very much, He is not offended by our saying, "Make haste to help me; make haste unto me; . . .

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Jesus let the nobleman even interrupt Him -though not rudely--in his earnestness: "Sir

(Lord), come down ere my child die!" And He was not offended with Martha and Mary for sending Him that pressing message, "Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick," evidently hoping He would go to them at once; or with their sad complaint afterwards, when they thought He had come too late, "Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died." Both the nobleman and the sisters said to Him in effect, "Make haste; make no tarrying;" and He allowed them thus to hurry Him; and, though He took His own time, He did come to their help, and gave them their hearts' desire.

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When our need is urgent, our prayers may be urgent; when we want immediate help, then we may ask for it. If we are mistaken, and our case may safely wait, and even better wait, even then-if we ask in submission - God will not be offended by our urgency; in that submissive spirit, "Make haste to help we may even say,


David was in such a state; his enemies

were seeking after his soul (his life), and desiring his hurt, and already beginning to triumph over him with their “ Aha, aha!" His danger was great and immediate, and he was poor and needy, and God was his only refuge, and so he cried to Him to haste to his help. When I am in pressing need, I may cry to God as he did. When my pain is very bad, so that I feel I can bear no more, then, humbly but earnestly, as a child crying to his father, I may cry to my Father in heaven, "Make haste unto me, O my God!" When I am much cast down, in the very lowest depths of depression, then I may call upon God to "hear me speedily," and not to tarry. Still more, when the enemy assaults me, and some strong temptation is upon me, and I feel my own strength to be perfect weakness, then I may cry for instant deliverance, "Make haste, O God, to deliver me.” Far from being offended by such a cry, the Lord often comes the moment He is called, as He did to the Psalmist: "When I said, My foot slippeth, Thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. And if the Lord does not come instantly, He

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hears instantly, and at His own good time He will come; as Jesus came to raise Lazarus, but not till he had been four days dead. We may say, Make haste, O Lord;" but the Lord's time is never too late.

O my God and Father, suffer me to plead with Thee for Thy dear Son's sake, that Thou wouldst come to my help now. My need is great and pressing; I have no resources of my own, and none but Thou can help me; I cannot do without Thee; I am in most urgent want of Thy help, grace, comfort, and deliverance; I am in need of Thy presence; I am in need of Thee. Humbly, submissively, not impatiently, yet very earnestly, I say to Thee, "Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord. I am poor and needy; make haste unto me, O God: Thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying."

"Behold now I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes; " but I plead my Saviour's name, and for His sake, O Father, I entreat Thee to hear me, and that speedily. "Hide not Thy


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