Where do we go for help when the 'push come to the shove?' When we come across a brick wall who do we turn to for help? Many of us will rely on our own 'wits.' Others will turn to friends or spouses. Again others will turn to those in authority. Who do you turn to?
One of my favourite Psalms is 121 for this was my first passage I learned by heart for a scripture examination when I was about 7-8 years old I believe.
1I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from?2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heavenand earth.3He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber;4indeed, he who watchesover Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.5The LORD watches overyou-- the LORD is your shade at your right hand;6the sunwill not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.7The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life;8the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. NIV
This Psalm is generally agreed, that these words which in Hebrew form a syntax, was sung by the pilgrims walking up to the festivals in Jerusalem. One can imagine all the devoted pilgrims singing out loud in unison verse 1-2. A lone voice most likely a priest would respond with verses 4-8.
As they walked the worshippers would look up to the mountains where the shrines and the poles of the ba'als, the asherahs stood out like the proverbial 'sore thumb.' These gods of the surrounding nations were a constant thorn to travelers who were constantly forced to confront these gods every day and night.
Today we face such gods of the secular hedonistic kind on billboards, TV screens , and glossy magazines and so on. Does our help come from these sources? Do we place our faith in the humanistic society that we live in, but are not to be part of?
Today the modern god of the western world in science which proclaims will heal the world from diseases, cause us to live longer and solve the problems we face in our global village. Today the majority of us in the west bow down to the gods of science. Last century it was education that was going to save the world. In both cases we still have an unregenerate scholar and a society with all the answers, but still in the grip of the prince of this world.
God's word does not suggest that we must not use the so called secular wisdom but such must not be our primary form of help. To those who thinking that they are being pleasing to God to do away with their 'meds' is folly, after all God in fighting for his children still expected the fighters to use their spears and swords. To place our total trust in what we can see, hear, touch through our senses is not walking by faith.
No our faith, hope, trust and belief must always be in God the maker of heaven and earth for he will not cause your foot to slip as we walk today's highways and byways. Yahweh the maker of heaven and earth watches over you, for the idols of the heathen cannot speak, neither do they listen, in fact they slumber day and night. Such knowledge must have been a comfort to those who walked up to Jerusalem.
During the day when the sun is burning down and the breeze is like a bakers oven and we are spiritually thirsty and sun burnt God will be our shade. God will provide streams of living water in the desert from out of the rock of our salvation.
When we toss and turn in the dark hours of the night with our physical pain or emotional anguish God will watch over us as a mother eagle keeps her eye on her eaglets. There is weeping during the night but joy comes with the morning as the sun rises in our hearts banishing the darkness.
To walk by faith and place our help in the maker of Heaven and Earth is an act of the will; for we must decide to walk after the Lords revealed word, as Abraham the father of faith committed himself to do. This is a decision made in the mind, for wherever the mind goes the body and soul will follow.
Today we need to decide to place our faith beyond the hills to lift our eyes much higher up into the heavens into the throne room of God the maker of heaven and earth.