Psalm 121: Where Will You Look for Help?
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
So, I watched Bird Box and had a nightmare. I know this isn’t the way that most devotionals begin but go with me on this. That night I was awoken in pure panic (and irritation that my sleep was being interrupted). All I could remember was that it had to do with the movie and my irrational fear of eyes.
Normally I would scroll on Instagram until boredom lulled me back to sleep, but that night I decided to read Psalms 121. The only reason I decided to flip to this particular Psalm was because of this blog post. However, it is kind of funny how God just happens to make things happen in such a way that you can’t help but recognize his hand in all matters.
I couldn’t help but laugh when I read about turning my eyes to the hill. The reason I was awake reading this passage had a lot to do with the fear eyes gave me and looking somewhere else, and here is God saying for me to lift my eyes up to Him. As I read and reread this chapter the panic that had awakened me was replaced with peace and the comfort that there is a God that is always keeping watch and protecting us.
Psalm 121 gives us nine ways that God protects and keeps us. However, how many times do we forget these ways? Just like in my dream my eyes looked away from the safety of a blindfold towards the chaos. How many times do our eyes look away from the safety of a God that promises to be our keeper? We allow the return of classes/busy workloads, life, and even social media to allow our eyes to look elsewhere and forget about the promises that God has given us. He promises to keep us in all of our going and comings. And when our eyes look up to the hills and lock onto Him, we can’t help but make those comings and goings to be ones that will praise Him.
Being that it is the beginning of the year many of us are starting their “read the Bible in one-year” plan or chugging along on their mission to spend more time in the Word. However, if you are like me you are also fighting against years of failing at this previously and habits of allowing distractions to interrupt the time you know should be dedicated to the Lord. You are used to turning your eyes away from the safety and protection that God promises. So, let me remind and encourage you right now. Day 24 or 154 is not too late to lift your eyes up to the hill. As you lift your eyes up to the hill remember that you are returning your focus to a God that loves and protects you from the major things in life and the dreams that keep you up at night. As you keep your eyes towards the hill you are able to focus on the one where your help comes from, and that help, your loving Father.