Where Does Our Help Come From
While driving around the Puget Sound area one cannot help but notice the many hills that our area is comprised of. Sometimes when I am downtown in the business district I think to myself ‘there are not many cities where you can enter the ground level first floor and exit on the fourth floor and find that too is at ground level due to the incline’. Tourists who start there visit at the waterfront are often unprepared for the number of stairs they have to climb to visit the Market and Downtown.
In Psalm 121 the author states “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.’ The most natural understanding could be that he is stating that the hills remind him of the Lord who is on high that is his helper. Another thought to consider is that given the fact the pagans always built their temples and places of sacrifices on the ‘high places’, maybe he is reflecting that God’s people do not look to the ‘high places of worship’. Rather, they look to the Lord, who is the maker of all the earth and above the ‘high places’. We often read in the OT where Israel sinned by building alters on the ‘high places’ and worshiping idols there.
Indeed, in our hour of need it is to the Lord that we are to look for our constant help. While we might be tempted to look to other means of security and help, ultimately it is the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, the one above all creation, who is our final source of help, comfort and guidance. Where does your help come from? The Psalmist’s help came from the only true God and Lord and so does ours.