“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?” – Psalm 121:1
One of the mistakes people make while traveling is not asking for directions. There have been many intensive negotiations between married couples on trips, mainly because the husband would not stop and ask for directions. Fortunately, we now have the technology to help us via our smart phones or GPS. You just punch in the information of your destination and then click start and the device gives you step by step directions guiding you to your destination.
Similarly, we learn from this Psalm that a weary sojourner wisely looks for help. But where will his help come from as he looks up to the mountains? Eventually he will look to the Lord as his ultimate source for help as he can see in the distance the hills of Zion, the place that the Lord, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, loves more than “…all the other dwelling places of Jacob.” (Psalm 87:2).
Psalm 121 is part of a collection of Psalms (120-134) called “The Psalms of Ascent.” They were given this title as they were selected to aid the worshipping Israelite on his pilgrimage toward God as they went up to Jerusalem for the three annual festivals. This Psalm directs the thoughts of the pilgrim to God as his source of help. Giving him the assurance that Israel’s Keeper will maintain vigilant oversight to protect His people.
There is always risk in traveling. Even today there are the risks of weather, mechanical failure, terrorists, health, and thieves etc. This pilgrim takes the initial step as he looks up to the hills towards Jerusalem and proposes the important question, “Who is going to help me safely journey to my destination?” The pilgrim thus looks beyond the hills and looks to the Lord who created the hills as he writes, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2)
This proposes a very important question. As you sojourn through this life, with all its dangers that come along the way, what help do you seek? Do you seek help from the hills or from the One who made the hills? Eventually, when the pilgrims journeyed and could see Jerusalem up ahead on a hill, they knew this was by God’s design. They could see His sanctuary which would provide the help they needed in life. I pray that you will look to the Lord as the One true source for help. He is your Creator. His Word is your spiritual compass to point you in the right direction. His Spirit is your guide. His Son is your hope of salvation. Your help comes from the Lord.