May 1st, often called May Day, is probably celebrated in more ways than any other day of the year. It’s a celebration of spring. It’s a day of political protests. It’s a neopagan festival, a saint’s feast day, and a day to celebrate organized labor. In many countries, it’s a national holiday.
They say the French have a word for everything. When we hear “Mayday!” we think of a person in distress, and rightfully so. Mayday has its roots in the French term m’aider, which means “Come help me!” We have many words for “Come help me!” and many situations in which we use them.
When our appendix bursts, we cry “Mayday!” to a doctor. We summon a plumber when the pipes burst. When our lives burst, we call a clergyman. Whatever the problem, there is someone we can call to fix it or at least see us through it.
For the Christian, there literally IS someone we can call on to fix or see us through every difficulty. In today’s world, it seems that everyone is a specialist. Different maladies require different medical experts. Depending on what type of computer you have, you may need to call on a software specialist, network nerd, Mac mechanic, PC professional, hardware helper, or other alternative assistance. Foreign car? Forget care! It’s hard to know where to go or whom to trust.
David gives us the answer in Psalm 28:6-9:
6 Praise be to the LORD,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
8 The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
9 Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.
King David’s life was living proof of Job’s observation that “Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). He had health problems, his son turned against him, Saul tried to murder him, his followers wanted to stone him, he stole another man’s wife, killed her husband, had a child out of wedlock, and was plagued by his enemies during his entire reign. True, he had friends and relatives and counselors and wealth and power and prestige, but even a cursory look at the Psalms reveals where his ultimate trust abided: in the Lord his God.
When David cried “Mayday!”, the Lord heard him. There were no busy signals, no consultation fees, no holiday hours, no language barriers, no scheduling mix-ups. This is not to say that we don’t consult the experts when we need help. But it does mean that we are to depend on Him Who is most dependable when we go through a crisis.
Just look at the benefits listed in the above passage. God hears our cries for mercy. He will uphold and protect us. When we trust Him with all our heart, He helps us; He is trustworthy. Joy fills our heart and gushes forth in praise when we’re helped. God saves us and blesses us and shepherds us forever.
As we enjoy the sights and sounds and smells and promises of May Day, let us dance around the Maypole (perhaps in our memories) in celebration of new life. But let us also remember the One Who hears our cries of “Mayday!” and promises new life in Jesus Christ. His ways are perfect, His hours are convenient, His inventory never runs low, and His computer never crashes.
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