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December 2, 2012

Help Wanted

Filed under: Old Testament, Songs of Ascents — Karen @ 1:59 am
I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 121:1-2

Psalm 121:1 is perhaps one of the most misused verses in Scripture. I often hear this verse quoted as a reference to the glory of God’s creation or as a trite “feel good” passage. No need to worry because God is everywhere. Just look at the beauty of the mountains. Don’t you feel better now?

Pilgrims traveling the dangerous road to Jerusalem saw pagan temples when they looked at the hilltops. Monuments to Baal gods and sacred groves were as ubiquitous as billboards along U.S. freeways. The “high places” were synonymous with idolatry.

The psalmist asks whether man made altars offer any real promise of protection. The enticements of pagan talismans and temple prostitutes cannot guard against the dangers and fatigue of a long journey. My help comes from the Lord.

Our journey through life is fraught with temptations. There are promises of a quick fix for whatever ails us. We look for answers in pop psychology. We buy more things and seek entertainment in the hope that something will make us feel better. Save the God-stuff for the big emergencies in life.

Psalm 121 is a reminder that every step, every breath, every fleeting thought is under God’s sovereignty.


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