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.
When I take my boys to the grocery store, they love to “help me.” My 3-year-old, eager to help, grabs items I point out and hands them to his little brother who drops them into my cart. But soon enough, he gets a bit ahead of himself and begins excitedly grabbing whatever he can, chucking it into my cart as his brother shouts, “Me help, too!” It’s a bit much! And while their enthusiasm to help is very sweet, I have to say it simply is not that helpful. If I looked to them for help, I would leave feeling frustrated or discouraged.
The writer of Psalm 121 reminds us to stop and ask ourselves where we look for help. This past year was incredibly hard, and many people felt helpless at times. Yet scripture reminds us that God is our helper and that He watches over us and keeps us from harm. Theologians tell us that the word “help” used here, does not simply mean assistance, but divine protection.
God offers us His divine protection, but often times we like to do things ourselves rather than look up and ask for His help. You could say we get ahead of ourselves. In this past year, especially, I think many of us were so overwhelmed that we just wanted to keep our heads down. Maybe that’s been your response, at times. Keep your mask up and your head down. Just try to make it through. But the psalmist sets a different example when he lifts his eyes to find his help. In doing so, not only does he look to God, but he also confidently declares with his head held high, that God WILL help him.
The psalmist asks a question: “where does my help come from?” My question for you is the same. When was the last time you asked yourself this question? And what is your answer today? Where are you looking for help? God is the maker of heaven and earth! But God is also your maker. He’s got you under His divine protection. What would it look like for you to look up to the top of the hills this morning and declare that your help comes from HIM?
Take a moment to pause and to reflect. Ask God to bring to mind where you’ve been looking for help. Ask Him to give you the courage to hold your head high and look to Him instead.
Take some time to think about where you need divine protection this morning. Prayerfully look to God for help and ask Him to open your eyes to where and how He’s helping you now.
Take a moment to declare God’s presence and helpfulness in your life. Thank Him for helping you. Boldly proclaim your belief that He will continue to help you in whatever you face.
Women's Ministry Leader