Unto the Hills
A Song of Ascents. I WILL lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]—From whence shall my help come?
On our recent trip we had a chance to experience the ascent up from the lower Jordan and travel up to the city of Jerusalem
We must remember that the book of Psalms is more than just a book of poetry
It is the expression of the events of life as experienced by the writer
In this case, the journey from the bottom of the mountain up to Jerusalem was not an easy one!
In the opening verse the Hebrew word here for “lift up” is the word meaning to be carried or lifted up.
The journey is through barren and difficult terrain fraught with dangers and the heat of the sun!
The writer is seeking for encouragement and help to sustain his efforts to reach the presence of God at the temple!
When the journey is getting difficult he is asking himself, “from where will my help come?”
We all experience those moments in our lives when we are asking “from where will my help come?”
The perfect example of this is when Jesus was in the garden
Faced with the reality of the events about to take place, He looks to the heavens and cries out<
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
There are those moments in life that scream failure but if we look to the heavens we will find our help!
Look at what David realizes as he shifts his focus upward
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.
When the Word of God becomes our foundation then we can rest in middle of the storms
Look at what the Word tell us,
Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
Jesus told the disciples
What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
I love verse 3 of the Psalm
He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He Who keeps you will not slumber.
What a great promise!
During the most difficult times of our life He will be faithful!
The issue is that we must believe, trust and obey and release our lives to Him!
The journey from the Jordan up to Jerusalem is through a dry and arid land.
The sun can just suck the moisture right out of you!
Just as walking through this life, the world around us can suck the life right out of us but look at the promise in verse 5-8
The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
tT should remind us that life is not easy but He is faithful
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
Just as David cried out
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
When we are in that place we must cry out for the living water Jesus promised
For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
The promise of God to every believer is that He will
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Let me ask you today, from where does your help come?
Are you looking to the heavens or are you looking to man?
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Yes the journey of life is real
It is filled with valleys and deserts that must be traveled!
Why not invest in an insurance policy that will not fail…His Word!