“I Lift My Eyes”

January 3, 2017

"Fisher Towers and the Frozen Colorado" (Photo by Hoard Blichfeldt)
“Fisher Towers and the Frozen Colorado”
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Photo by our friend Howard Blichfeldt

“I Lift My Eyes”

Message summary: Today’s message we consider the source of our hope.

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“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” (Psalm 121:1,2).

Today’s message is in part prompted by a song by Laura Story titled, “I Lift My Eyes”. We’ll post a link below and encourage our readers to listen to it. It expresses a great truth to consider as we begin our new year.

I lift my eyes to the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord my God
My maker, creator, my sustainer, protector
My defender, my Saviour forever

We both really like mountains. We were raised in the Midwest and didn’t normally see mountains growing up. Brooksyne is from relatively flat Tulsa Oklahoma but enjoyed childhood trips to the Ozark Mountains to see her grandparents. I grew up in the Kansas City area which is also pretty flat. Apart from trips to southern Missouri and the Ozark Mountains my first exposure to larger mountains was the Great Smokies when I was about 11 and the next year a train trip through the Rockies to California.

We see a small mountain ridge across the Susquehanna River from our front lawn. But as we move farther west or north we get into the mountains in the Appalachian ridge. We’ve travelled to the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, the Rockies in Colorado, Mount Rainier in Washington and the Andes in both Central and South America.

But the most astounding mountain we have ever visited is Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Although it is not as high in elevation as many other mountains, it is very prominent since the difference in elevation at its base and peak is well over a mile. Anyone who has ever driven the auto road to the top is likely to remember it!  And for those who’ve climbed it, I would take my hat off to you if I was wearing one.

Any given day as we prepare these messages there are issues that concern or distress us. Some are at the personal level, such as the early morning call we just received from a woman in deep distress due to a terrible family tragedy. Family tragedies affect those closest to us, while others are international and impact all of us. Generally in our decision as to what to share in this encouragement series we do not let these issues guide us since essentially every day there is some current tragedy or crisis headlining the news.

Psalm 121:1,2 with mountain view The power of Scripture is that the message contained therein is of timeless value. Today’s text is an example. The human author of Psalm 121 is not identified, although it is often assumed that most of the Psalms were written by David. Some versions include this interesting designation in the heading of Psalm 121, “A Song of Ascents” or “Pilgrim Psalms” as do all the Psalms from 120-134.  Many Bible teachers believe that these Psalms were sung by those who journeyed to the temple in Jerusalem for the annual feasts.

In Psalm 121 the Psalmist begins by giving us a word picture in verse one, “I lift up my eyes to the hills.” This is something we all can do spiritually regardless of where we live or where our travels take us.

The Psalmist then asks a question that I believe he is prepared to immediately answer. “Where does my help come from?” This is one of life’s most important questions.

As the Psalmist lifted his eyes to the hills he may have been thinking about enemy invaders or those who were bringing slander against him (Psalm 120).  Allegorically speaking, we might also consider the steep hills we face and see the many potential and real forms of unwelcome invasion. We might also cry out: “Where does my help come from?” The answers vary greatly. For some it’s the bottle, for others it’s a pill. Some believe it’ll be that big hit at the casino, still for others it’s the miracle diet. And the list goes on and on.

The only correct answer has not changed. Whatever burden you face, whatever your trying circumstance, join with the Psalmist who is inspired by the majesty and splendor of God’s creation. He looks beyond the visible creation to the invisible Creator who gives the needed help when facing distressing times. Let us declare together, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth!”

My help comes from
The One who formed my heart
The One whose promise is forever, forever
For all my days I long to walk with You
Until this life is through, I’ll follow

Be encouraged today,

Stephen and Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, our assurance and hope is in Your protection day and night. You made the mountains and the hills, the valleys and the streams. You do not leave us to fend for ourselves, but Your help is constant and ever-sufficient for all our needs. Our help comes from You, the Maker of heaven and earth, who watches over us both now and forevermore. Amen.

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“I Lift My Eyes”  Video  Laura Story

Howard Blichfeldt’s remarkable nature photos.

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