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)