Devotionals & Poems

Help From Above

Psalm 121 begins with “I will lift up mine eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help” KJV. The punctuation in this version may be a little misleading; I rather like the ESV “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?” What was in the Psalmists mind when he spoke of the hills, was it the hills and mountains surrounding Jerusalem? Perhaps. Was it the idolatrous shrines of worship that often took place on the high places? Maybe. Was it the Temple of worship itself that stood on one of those mountains? It might have been. But the conclusion in verse 2 is “My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” The fact is that our help and strength does not come from natural sources, the hands of men, idolatrous worship, or even the physical structures of religion or its rituals, but form God Himself the inhabitant of the Temple and the maker of heaven and earth! In Psalm 46:1-2 the writer makes a very important point, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear …” (NKJV) He never promised that we would not go through troubles and difficulties, but we need not fear because He did promise to be with us always and bring us safely through if we fully trust Him, (see Isaiah 43:2; Mathew 28:20).
I will not be afraid
Author unknown
I will trust Him, yea, I will trust,
For He never hath failed me yet.
And never a day nor an hour,
But mine uttermost need is met.
Though I dwell in the midst of foes,
Yet there is my table spread.
And His presence wraps me round,
And His wings are over my head.
Father and Infinite God,
My refuge and fortress rock,
Where I hide from the tempests wrath,
And feel not the earthquake shock.
So I hide with a soul serene,
And a heart that is undismayed.
He is my strength and my shield,
Of whom shall I be afraid?

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