“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalms 121: 1-2
Confidence in God.
This is a travel psalm that many families would read every time just before embarking on a trip. What is life like? Some say it’s like a box of chocolates you never know what you will get until you open it up. Others say that life is a book we write as we go. It is also a journey and we are only passing through here as if on a world trip. Just like the psalmist on a journey, we must appreciate the fact that security is of great importance. Yet no matter how well we plan we all need help during the journey. Even with brilliant support structures, eating well, every kind of insurance, sometimes things will often go wrong. This psalm teaches us to put our trust in God’s providential care. These simple yet beautiful verses inspire comfort and confidence in our hearts knowing God is for us.
We must look beyond the mountains to the God who created them for our help. Mountains are symbols of strength and stability, they are great in size, long-lasting, and unchanging. But the creation reflects the creator and therefore He has greater power and strength. Our faces are downcast when we have given up. No matter how much trouble we find ourselves in, we must practice the art of looking up. If you are in trouble raise your face and look up, once you can see the mountains do not stop there keep looking up beyond the mountains to God. before the mountains were born or brought forth from the earth He was God (Psalms 90:2)
Where does my help come from? It comes from He who created not only the mountains but also the earth and the heavens. God made the heavens by his power and founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding (Jeremiah 10:12). What a difference it makes when we understand that the God who created the earth is our friend and our helper! How big is your current problem? Now compare it to the maker of heaven and earth and am sure it’s safe to let go and believe that “God got you”. Gerald Williamson writes: “Because God controls the universe, chance is ruled out, and because it is God who controls the universe, fate is ruled out also.”
We need not be worried, nothing can happen to us without the knowledge of God. He is committed to our good and He faithfully watches over us. Jesus said in Matthew 28:20 that He will be with us until the very end of ages. This God who remains the same yesterday, today and forever has promised to watch over you, today, tomorrow and forevermore. We are all travelling on life’s long journey. I pray that we all have God to call to for help. Look up! There is divine help with your name on it coming your way.
King James Version (KJV)
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”
New International Version (NIV)
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
“I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
New American Bible (NASB)
“I will raise my eyes to the mountains; From where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
The Living Bible (TLB)
“Shall I look to the mountain gods for help? No! My help is from Jehovah who made the mountains! And the heavens too!”