Read: Psalm 121
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. — v. 2
In a park near our home there’s a trail I enjoy walking on. Along one section there’s a panoramic view of red sand-stone rocks in the Garden of the Gods with the majestic 14,115-foot Pikes Peak behind them. From time to time, though, I find myself walking that section occupied with some problem and looking down at the wide, smooth trail. If no one is around, I may stop and say aloud, “David, look up!”
The psalms known as “Songs of Ascents” (PS. 120-134) were sung by the people of Israel as they walked the road up to Jerusalem to attend the three annual pilgrim festivals. Psalms 121 begins, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? (V.1). The answer follows, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of the heaven and earth” (V.2). The Creator is not an aloof being, but a companion who is always with us, always awake to our circumstances (VV. 3-7), guiding and guarding our journey through life “both now and forevermore” (V.8).
Along life’s path, how we need to keep our eyes fixed on God, our source of help. When we’re feeling overwhelmed and discouraged, it’s all right to say aloud, “Look up!” — DAVID MCCASLAND
I look up to You,
Father, for You are the One
who can help me. Thank you
for the joys and trials in my
life right now. I’m grateful
that I never walk alone.
Keep your eyes on God
— your source of help.
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