(John MacDuff, "Help for the Feeble")
"Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob!,
O little Israel,
for I Myself will help you," declares the Lord, your
Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:14
Yet it is this helpless, groveling "worm,"
that receives God's sympathy, and has the
assurance of His almighty aid.
Believer, beaten down it may be, with a great
fight of affliction; or trembling under a sense
of your unworthiness and guilt; mourning . . .
the coldness of your faith,
the lukewarmness of your love,
the frequency of your backslidings,
the fitfulness of your best purposes, and
the feebleness of your best services;
your God draws near to you; He remembers
that though you are a worm, still you are
"worm Jacob!" His own beloved one.
"I Myself will help you!" Yes, poor, weak,
trembling one; the Lord, your Redeemer,
the Holy One, loves to draw near to His
people in the extremity of their weakness.
"I Myself will help you" is enough for all
the emergencies of the present, and all
the contingencies of an untried, and, it
may be, a dark future.