I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
This is a really common bible passage within the Christian community. It’s been in my mind for the last few weeks. In the 1990’s there was even a popular song sung during church services which took its inspiration from this Psalm. I love mountains and I love being out in the countryside. There’s something about these open and large open spaces where it feels humans have had less influence and where it’s easier to sense the presence of our Creator.
It’s nice to imagine being on a mountain, lifting up my eyes, and communing with God. It’s even better to do it.
But is that what the writer means?
I was taking time out in a coffee shop in the early hours of the yesterday morning waiting for a friend to join me. This is usually a moment of oasis before we both need to go to our respective workplaces. In my mind were all the bigger projects, plan, issues and challenges my role brings. It felt overwhelming as my mind was arranging all the parts, shaping and re-shaping the project steps ahead. These felt like insurmountable mountains in front of me.
Then it clicked.
“I lift my eyes up to the mountains, where does my help come from”.
I was staring square at all the mountains my reality brings before me. These are the mountains. But still, where does my help come from.
“My help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth”
The writer is not talking about escapism and wishing he was elsewhere. He’s not saying if only he was elsewhere he could escape and receive relief from his maker.
He’s making a declaration and declaring a truth. “I’m looking square at all the issues before me. My help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth”
The Lord is with us as we face our mountains. He will help us.
Obviously, to add the disclaimer, he not saying that we will always get our way, he’s not saying he will always back our position, he’s not saying we will always win the argument and that he will help us do that. He is saying he will help us navigate and that he will be with us.
If you’ve not asked Jesus to be your LORD and Saviour in your life just yet, why wait, now is the time. He will be with you. As you face your mountains in life, He will help you. He’s the best person in my life.