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.
When the Psalmist looked to those hills and saw the altars and shrines to the man-made gods of his time, evidence of people’s frantic search for help and security, he knew his God was the only true and faithful source of help. A Helper who never sleeps, who knows your every movement, keeping us from evil, keeping our life. These well-known words of verse 1 have often reminded me of the peace and surety we have in our God, especially in times of trial and struggle.
There are many things that people seek to find their security and help in, which never seem to adequately look after us. We seek help and security in our ability to make money which we can by our means of security. Or we seek our help in relationships and people who inevitably let us down. What an awesome thing it is to know that our Lord God, maker of heaven and earth, has revealed Himself to us, and shown Himself to be the most faithful helper and keeper.
He doesn’t take away the suffering and struggle that life often brings, but promises to be our sure help and strength, to get us through. When we look at the world and people around us, and see their desperate search for security, peace and comfort, let us be like the psalmist who through it all can say that ‘My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth’, and may we daily comprehend to privilege and blessing it is to know Him as our Helper and God.