I have always loved Psalm 121.
I have read somewhere that this was a Psalm written for pilgrims who journeyed to Jerusalem. It was meant to encourage them to keep their eyes fixed on their destination and on the mountains of the Lord as the roads got weary, hard and treacherous.
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.” (NASB)
Yes, there are those days when the roads seem particularly hard. When it feels like somewhere, again you have taken a wrong turn and all the progress that you thought you had made seems to have been in your imagination alone. On those days when tears blind your eyes, it is hard to lift those very same eyes above the ground and lift them to the mountain of the Lord. It is hard to believe that God can hear the silent screams of your heart, or even if you do believe, accept that you are worthy of His mercy and grace.
The second line of this Psalm is a question not a statement and one I too have found myself asking –
From where shall my help come? or in other words ‘Who will help me?’
The answer comes and with it, like oil over troubled waters comes the peaceful reassurance from the living God – Your help, my help comes from Him and through Him we can do all things. He is always there to steady us when we fall, to hold us firm when we slip. He will not let us go.
he answers to our challenges may not always come when we need them and I am reminded this morning of the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 40:2.
“I waited patiently for the Lord
And He inclined to me and heard my cry
He brought me out of the pit of destruction and out of the miry clay.
And he set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God”.
He is the rock on which we stand and He will deliver on His promises!
In John17:1 Jesus lifts His eyes to the heavens as He begins to speak to His Father knowing He is about the face an unimaginably terrible ordeal. Scripture tells us Jesus often did this when He prayed…He physically, lifted His eyes to the heavens above.
There is something here about lifting our eyes above the things we can see around us and ahead of us and fixing them on Him – the author and finisher of our fate. Maybe it is just seeing how vast the sky is, how big the mountains are and knowing that the hands that made those things are holding you even as you pray. Maybe it is knowing that God is enthroned on high, but somehow we need to keep our eyes fixed above.
Today, dear brethren, I encourage you, whatever is going on in your life today, whatever trials, tribulations, lack, need, want, illness, difficulties you are facing, lift your eyes in faith above all and focus on the mountain of the Lord. You may not be able to see your deliverance yet or the answer you seek but Faith is not about what we can see, it is the hope and belief of the things not seen bound with the belief of what we know – That Jesus is Lord above all things !!!!
Wait patiently for Him in praise, trust and obedience.
Our God never fails. Be encouraged.
Be blessed in all things and may the love of Jesus Christ that is in all of us who believe sustain you and strengthen you in the days ahead that His name may be glorified now and always in Jesus name. Amen.