Psalm 121--I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day or the moon by night.The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.
My knees are such that I don’t enjoy hiking much anymore. It’s not the going up that is difficult but rather the coming down! But the fact that descent is problematic in no way dampens my love for hills. “I lift my eyes toward the mountains.” There’s something majestic about towering peaks covered in white, descending like a beautiful wedding gown over verdant firs. Let me drive up mountain roads and my spirit rises and my head fills with inspired song!
Mountains force us to look up. Perhaps, in doing so, our eyes come away from the drab that dulls us. Mountains move us away from the smog of sin to the fragrance of pine that clears away frustration and fretting. Mountains remind us that a Creator far greater than we can imagine moved rock into grandiose formations. They form spiritual temples alive in worship; profound in testimony.
“Where will my help come from?” Mountains remind me. “My help comes from the Lord.” Climbing to Him on the pathway home He will not let my feet slip. People are fickle, easily distracted. God is vigilant. He does not turn over in sleep while we walk towards Him, so that His eyes cannot see to help when avalanches roar, or winds snap limbs, or rain sends floods across the trail of faith. “The Lord protects you.” Thank You, Father. You are the perfect shelter. When the sun blazes and the moon shines through frigid air, Your arms remain open to envelop us, Your blessed children.
My life matters to my Maker. He who watches my every step, up and down causes my faith to soar. The key to understanding His assistance is to look up with an eternal perspective. Nothing can harm us, not even death, for our future is secure in His will. When we know this we walk differently remembering:
Protection is something to think about . . . in reveration!
Lord, how easily the mind wanders when Thy domination is not in the ascendant! Keep the lordship of body and soul and spirit in Thy hands . . . Help me to be taken up altogether with Thee. How depressed and appalled I am at the prospect of sinking to the commonplace! Lord, help me to live purely and powerfully and fascinatedly Thine.—Oswald Chambers
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)