From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
(Psalm 121 ESV)
When we wake up to the fact that our greatest need isn’t a better paying job or an extended vacation or even physical or relational healing, it is then that Psalm 121 takes on a new or clearer meaning. Our souls are at stake and there are powerful opponents battling to conquer, enslave and destroy them. Even our own hearts can’t be trusted; they are deceitful and just as quickly bring about our ruin as any external enemy.
As the Old Testament saint surveyed the religious landscape, he would have seen many “hills” competing for his affections. There were hills on which idol worship, orgies and all kinds of evil took place. The culture of the day spotlighted these “hills.” This was living and there was no better place to be. At least, that was the thought. However, there was another hill, Zion, on which the faithful were to go to enter the temple with praise and worship remembering that they were no better than dirt and yet the Lord had set His steadfast love on them.
The faithful follower of Jehovah would lift up his eyes to the hills and realize that this meant “Game On!” He also understood the battle was too much for him and that prompts him to ask, “From where does my help come from?” His immediate answer is that the deliverance and strength he needs comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. God isn’t a tiny regional power who could be trumped by gods with more fire power. No, the Lord is the sovereign Creator, Redeemer and Judge—there is no other. He keeps His son. Jehovah is the tireless guardian that never sleeps. He will not allow evil to overwhelm and obliterate His own. God “will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail” (1 Samuel 2:9). The saint even finds relief from the scorching heat of the fight under the Lord’s mighty right hand.
The spiritual war continues to this day. There will be no pause in the action until we see Jesus face to face. The attractive pull of the “hills” is very strong, therefore, be cautious and courageous. Be cautious because this is serious stuff and no one is man enough to overcome. Be courageous because the Lord is our keeper. May this be our prayer:
Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
and give me life in your ways.
(Psalm 119:33-37 ESV)