December 19, 2019
My help comes from the Lord
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalms 121: 1-2
Advent greeting friends!
Have you ever faced dire circumstances? Have you ever been in challenging situations with no means of help? Have you ever been in positions were there is no way out? The answer to the questions is yes! We have all experienced difficult times in our lives, no matter who we are. During those times of adversity who did you call on to help? A friend? A co-worker? Your Pastor? Someone with a lot of money and influence?
In our text the Psalmist is believed to be on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. On this pilgrimage he looks to the hills of Jerusalem and ask the question from where does my help come from. This is a fair question whether one is journeying from point A to point B or whether the journey is a life journey. Either journey is full of many dangers. We see the news and hear the reports of many car accidents on the road. We hear of people being targeted and robbed on the road especially in the Christmas season. Life itself is filled with many obstacles such as diseases, natural disasters, war, crime, depression, financial recession, unemployment, debt, theft, doubt, sin, evil, false teaching and corruption. Therefore with so many adversities in life it is fair to ask the question where will my help come from.
The Psalmist looked to the hills [of Jerusalem] when asking this question. The action of looking to the hills is symbolic. The Psalmist is not looking to the hills, because the hills can save him or help him. No! He looks to the hills because of who made the hills. The hills are considered to be big and strong, but if they are created, it means someone is bigger and stronger than the hills. There are many times we look to the hill itself for help and not the maker of the hill. In other words, we look to the powerful people around us for help, forgetting who made these people and gave them the ability to help. Our help doesn’t come from our spouse, the politicians we know, the police we are friends with, the rich among us or the “links” we might have. Our help comes from the one who made all these people and gave them their position. Our help comes from God!
God is the maker of heaven and earth. There is nothing that is not within His control. Everything and everyone we consider to be powerful, whether people in power or the enemy, is under the subjection of God. There is absolutely nothing and absolutely no one who is as powerful as God. God spoke and the world came into being. Just look back on your life and reflect on the dire situations God brought you out of and you will see that your help comes from God now and forever.
Let us bring everything to God for that is where our help comes from.