“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.”
Life is filled with trying experiences. We are often faced with difficulties we would not wish on our enemies, or with circumstances we would love to change. These experiences can shake us at the core of who we are and cause us to look outside of ourselves for assistance. We can learn a vital lesson from the Psalmist, who, in the midst of his difficulty, chose not to look out to his friends, or back to his old ways, or around at what others might be doing, but instead, he chose to look up to the only One who could truly assist him in his time of need.
When life throws things at us that we cannot handle, we need to remember the One who created the heavens and the earth has the strength, resources and care, to provide what is lacking. I think it is also important to remember, God is not simply a supply line or distribution center for our earthly wants and needs. He allows us to face hardship so we will be drawn to Him. The goal is not the help He provides, but the work He accomplishes in us, as we learn to trust Him along the way.
God promises to meet our needs, as we look to Him, trust Him, and seek Him. He will not only provide, but will make us more like Christ through the process.
Looking to the hills
Questions for Psalm 121
- Where do you go in troublesome times?
- What can you learn from the example of the psalmist?
- How are you encouraged knowing that God never sleeps?
- What does it mean that God is our keeper?