Psalm 121

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber Behold, he that keepteth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Writing Contributor – Dr. L. Corridon

This psalm is known as a Song of degrees or a Song of Ascents.  It was one of the songs sung by pilgrims as they ascended to Jerusalem.  It was a song of encouragement as they sojourned.  How relevant is this to us today when all that we took for granted six months ago has been shifted to a place of uncertainty? 

Verses one and two remind us about who our helper is in all situations that befall us.  It tells us what we are to keep in the forefront of our minds.  We are encouraged to lift our eyes unto our helper.  Our helper is God.  Before you become discouraged and get to a place of despair, we are reminded that we have divine help assigned to us as Kingdom citizens and children of the most high God.

Remind yourself by reflecting and giving thanks.  When you reflect on the Word of God you see several examples in the Old and New Testament where God shows up as provider.  For Abraham, He had a ram in the bush. For the widow woman in Zarephath who had one meal left to cook, in the midst of famine God sent the prophet Elijah to ask her to provide him with that meal. Her obedience leads to provision in the midst of a famine.  For the children of Israel, He sent Moses to lead in their deliverance from Pharaoh. In the midst of being put to death for disobedience to the King, the three Hebrew boys are spared when God send an angel in the furnace with them. When Lazarus lay dead in the tomb, it was Christ who summoned him to come forth.

Look at your own life.  When the lights and or the water were off and someone reached out and paid, it was God.  When the doctor said to you, we can’t do anything more for you and in the long run you were healed, it was God.  When you sat in that exam room and the answers all looked right, then clarity came.  It was God.  When five of you interviewed and you seemed to be the one with the shortest Curriculum Vitae, not recommended by the right person of power and you still got the job, it was God.  When you had to make a way out of no way and it happened and you can’t explain how or why, it was God. 

As you pilgrimage through life in this season of pandemic and political unrest, revelatory understanding of the racial divide in this nation, remember the words of verses one and two.  I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES TO THE HILLS FROM WHENCE COMMETH MY HELP.  MY HELP COMETH FROM THE LORDWHICH MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.  Encourage yourself as you continue to pray and praise the one and only God, your helper.

 

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