Keep Looking Up

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2 NIV)

My predecessor at First Baptist Church, Lafayette, LA, Dr. Perry Sanders, signed letters with the words, “Keep looking up!”

Psalm 121 begins with a question. The Psalmist’s question is not so much a question of despair that he will not find help, but an acknowledgment that he needs help.

The beauty of this Psalm is that we find a “hope-filled” answer to our honest question. We discover a God who is ready to help and is more than capable of helping. We find the One who is the maker of heaven and earth. When God is our help, the issue is not the size of our problem. The One who is the maker of heaven and earth is more than sufficient for any of our problems.

Think of all of the God moments on mountains. High on Mt. Moriah, God provided a ram for Abraham, sparing his only son Isaac (Genesis 22). Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Law (Exodus 20). Jesus on the Mountain delivered the greatest sermon ever preached (Matthew 5-7).  On the Mount of Transfiguration, as the Gospels call that high place, God thundered, “This is My beloved Son.” (Matthew 17) Of course, on Mount Calvary, Jesus took the full measure of God’s wrath for sinners (Matthew 27). Matthew said that it was on the mountain that the Lord delivered to them what the church has called The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16). From the Mount of Olives, the disciples saw Jesus ascending back to heaven while angels spoke this promise, “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11-12).

This is the God who is our help! Why would you look anywhere else for help?

 

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