Saturday, June 16, 2007

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills - from whence comes my help?"

I will lift up my eyes to the hills - from whence comes my help?
My help is from the Lord who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord your keeper; the Lord your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.

Psalm 121

When Adam was alone and needed a companion, God showed him all the animals first. None would do, and then he was ready for God to put him into a deep sleep and make him a companion from his own side. Here, too, we lift up our eyes to the hills and see that there is no help there, and then we're ready to see where our help comes from - God willing.

But what if we won't humble ourselves that way and we just grope for a bigger hammer? That is the usual way, the broad and easy way that many take. We have to humble ourselves to agree that there is no help in the hills or anything else that we can reach ourselves.

If we do that, the blessings that follow are for us. If they're not, it might not be because the psalm is not true. Maybe we're still expecting our help from the hills, or worse, not looking up at all but to our own selves.

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