Tue, Aug 17, 2021
Another devotion on Psalm 121
Psalm 121 by Maurice Espin

Good morning to you my precious friends.

Psalm 121:1-2 says “I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

 One of the many problems that plagued Israel throughout the Old Testament era was that they would turn for help to the nations around them when they got into trouble instead of turning to God. They would make a pact with Egypt because they had chariots and horses. They turned to Syria because they seemed to be mighty at the time. Each time they would do this, God would warn them, rebuke them and often allow them to be defeated as punishment. Yet, they persisted in this same sin – the lack of faith in God and relying on His strength, care and protection.

We should not be too judgmental toward them. We must look at ourselves. Do we turn to our material wealth, our human wisdom, our education, our looks or something else instead of relying on God?

As we look at Psalm 121 imagine yourself as a pilgrim. You are at the bottom of the hills looking up. You lift your eyes to the hills. Many thoughts could be going through your mind as you consider the journey in front of you. You could be looking at the hills and be afraid of what is before you. There could be a group of robbers or some mean people you will meet on this road. There is also the possibility of wild animals that could be around the next bend.

So as this pilgrim is lifting his eyes to the hills, we do not know what is going on in his heart. He asks the excellent question, “From where does my help come?” He is at a critical point in this journey and this question is a pivotal one to be asked. He could continue to gaze at the hills and all the possibilities of what could go wrong in this journey. He could become overwhelmed and even turn back and go home. But instead he tells himself the truth!

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” In what do I fear when the Sovereign Lord of Creation is my help? This pilgrim starts with stating who our God is and then builds on this truth in the verses that follow. He can fully put his trust in his God. His hope is not in who is on this journey with him, or his strength, or in his ability to run from danger, but completely on the Maker of heaven and earth.

5 Truths from this Psalm to give us hope for today:

Fellow Pilgrim, where are you putting your hope in these difficult days?

Let us pray:

Holy and All-powerful Abba Father, I look to You for help. You are the one true source of redemption, power, comfort, encouragement, hope, and excellence in my life. Please give me the wisdom to know and choose Your will for my life. Teach me to trust You in every area of my life. Direct my heart to turn to You when I face trials and when problems seem to overwhelm me. Lord give me strength to face each trial and temptation that come with each day. Help me keep my heart set on You and my priorities in the right order. Please be with those who are have lost loved ones and give them strength and peace. Bless those who are sick and those who are facing death. Shower them with Your love and assurance. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.

Much love from Maurice and Margaret.