Growing up in Vermont, I was well acquainted with hills and mountains. From our front porch, we could clearly see Mt. Washington, the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.
The hills brought beauty to our lives and a sense of protection. Nestled in their bosom, I grew and thrived.
A couple of years ago, my husband and I took a trip to Colorado. The Rocky Mountains took my breath and my heart. Unlike the gentle protectors of my youth, these mountains stand as fierce sentinels, even when adorned in their soft golden blankets of autumn.
A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psa 121:1-8)
It’s easy to look toward a mountain, or fortress, or even to men for our protection. But Psalm 121 reminds us we must look beyond these earthly things. Our help comes from our Creator, not the creation.
Here is a blessed reminder to rely on, and trust in, the promises of God. The help we receive is bound up in His power and goodness, His providence and grace. As children of God, we should lift our eyes to Him, expecting to receive as He has promised.
It is the Lord Himself, who is our keeper and our protector. He shades us from every foe, whether sun or moon. For sometimes the things we think are good for us, He knows are not. So under His shadow, we may sit with delight and assurance, because we trust in Him.
Just as God went before Israel in the wilderness, a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, the Lord will preserve our going out and our coming in.
The promise here is not that we will never need help, but that these things which cause us to need that help will never separate us from the God Who is our help, or from His purposes for us.
When we look to Him as Lord and Savior,
He will indeed preserve our souls
from this time forth and forevermore.
Even to the end of the world.