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This Sunday, March 3, 2024, I am preaching Psalm 121, which is not the first time I have taught this chapter of the Old Testament. The first verse begins like this, "I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from?" The person writing this psalm is on their way to Jerusalem, singing as they go this worship song. They are on a journey and in need of some help. Trouble comes when traveling through this life, and knowing where one can find help is essential.


Psalm 121 is about perspective and understanding who God is and what He is doing even when we are unaware. The traveler has determined that he can stare at the mountains and look up to call out for help, but his help comes "from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." The One who created the mountains is the One who will take care of the traveler's needs. You are the traveler, and as you make your way through this life, God will meet you on your journey and help you. All you need to do is ask!

Psalm 121 reminds us that real help comes from God. God never grows tired or falls asleep. God provides shade. God watches over us, protects us, and guards us against evil.


Jesus prayed this prayer on our behalf when He walked this earth, "Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are." (John 17:11)


Paul, the great missionary and apostle, wrote this to Christian believers in Rome: "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38, 39)


Everyone needs help. God is capable and able to take care of it and you.


Reflect...

  1. When you need help, where do you turn, or who do you reach out to?

  2. Do you believe God cares enough about you and your situation to offer you help? Why or why not?

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