APRIL 27, 2020

Look to the Hills

By Pastor Jim Schoon

Key Passage: Psalm 121:1-2

This is a great passage for us as we move into the next week of our Shelter-in-Place.  It is one that encourages us to recognize our need(s) and trust God in the process.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  (Psalm 121:1-2)

As the writer of this passage realized he could not live life on his own, he looked up at the hills around Jerusalem.  As he did, his gaze took him past the hills and into the heavens where his faith was renewed in a transcendent God who was also very much involved in life on earth.   In verses 3-8 he recognized God as his security, his protector, and his foundation in life. This reflection enabled the writer to move out of his life into the life of God.  As he remembered the greatness of God, he was able to move back into his own life and cope with his surroundings.

As we move through this time of uncertainty, we can relive both the gaze and the reminder of the psalmist as we look to our own hills.  In our Tri-City area we, too, can lift our eyes to the hills.  As we look up at them, our gaze can take us past Mission Peak and to the heavens where we remember that our help comes from God, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Yes, God is our security, protector, and foundation of life. He is the One who walks with us and speaks to our needs as we move through the ups and downs of life.  As we take our eyes from our earthly situation, and look “up” to God, we are reminded of who He is, and that will give us peace for the moment in which we live.

The writer concludes his thought by saying, “…the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore.”  (Psalm 121:8)

What a comforting thought to be in the heart of a God who watches over us.  May that reflection give you strength for this day.  Look up…and be reminded of the greatness of God!

Prayer:  Lord, God Almighty, thank you for creating the hills that we can gaze upon and be reminded of who you are and how much you care for us.  May we always look to you for guidance.  As we live in these uncertain times, may our “looking up” be a source of strength.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.