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DEVOTION”Where Are You Looking to for Help”?

Updated: Jan 30, 2018

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—     where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord,     the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

Bible Reading: Psalm 121

We have here a well-loved Psalm. The Pilgrim’s Psalm, was often sung by pilgrims/travellers, at the start of a long journey, as they  lifted up their eyes and contemplated the journey ahead.

This opening line is not a statement of hope, but instead one of fear – fear of what lies ahead; uncertainty as to what those mountains have in store for the pilgrim. About to embark on what was often a dangerous venture, the pilgrim, with somewhat of trepidation and reservation  in his voice, says “I lift up my eyes to the hills…”

Friend, could I remind you that   you and I are pilgrims in this world. We are on a journey. There is an eternity to be reached.

The journey to our heavenly home is not an easy one; it’s not the proverbial bed of roses. Sin and sickness, frailty and feebleness, worry and woefulness – to name a few. You may have been through a fair share of that already in your life.

Could I pose a question: As you face the challenges in your own life that surface from time to time – where are you turning to for help? Friends or family? Pastors? Psychologists/counsellors? As wonderful, and as important as each and every one of these avenues of help are, the reality is that human help is limited.

Could I invite you today, not as a last resort; not as an addendum to your many other sources of help, but first and foremost to turn to the One Who knows you better than you know yourself; the One Who has created your inmost being; Who has knit you together in your mother’s womb.  This great big God, Who stood on the edge of blackness, emptiness, nothingness and through a mere utterance from His lips, spoke the universe into existence; Who said “let there be” and there was; Who hung the world in place and flung the stars in space

He is the One from Whom our Help comes. The psalmist writes: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)

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