My Help Comes From the Lord

Psalm 121

When I was a young believer at Stonebrook centuries ago… OK, 35 years ago… we routinely sang tunes put to Scriptures. What a great way to memorize the Word! Some of those songs still come to mind today. Brad and I were talking about one of them recently: Psalm 121. One day we even sang it in the car. He did most of the singing—since my stroke, I have trouble getting enough air to sing. But I can still sing in my head and in my heart!

It’s a wonderful Psalm. (I guess they all are, aren’t they?)
Verse 1-2 of Psalm 121 says, “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.”

This is such a powerful truth: I look upward, for my help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. This simple statement reveals the power of God. He made all that we see. Everything. Brad was telling me that on his flight back from Costa Rica last week, he could see the island of Cuba from 38,000 feet in the air. God made this huge world!

The rest of the Psalm says this: “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:3-8)

God doesn’t miss anything in my life. When life is boring, fun, inspiring, discouraging, or painful, the Lord is there every moment. He never slips up. He never needs to say, “Oh, I am so sorry. I was spacing off and wasn’t there for you.” He is my keeper. My protector. My refuge. My strength.

In a Bible study today with some women, I was challenged to give my trials to him every day. In the face of temptation to complain, I need to seek the Lord. He is there for me, and I need to seek him every day, and even many times a day.

So today, lift up your eyes to the hills and gaze upon the one who helps you, the one who never slumbers nor sleeps.