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.
Written by: Alfred Burgess
We all need help in life. The Beatles used to sing: “I get by with a little help from my friends.” The commercial for the Lifeline product carries the tagline: “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
Where do you go when you need help? Do you call on family? Friends? Dial 911? It’s good to have a support system in place, but we need to look further than that. History and experience teach us that no safety plan, no insurance policy, and no security system can keep us absolutely safe in this life. We can follow all the safety rules, take every precaution, exercise, and eat well, and things can still go wrong.
And that’s why we need to look to God for help. It was Ben Franklin who said, “God helps those who help themselves,” but the scriptures teach us that God helps those who seek His help. None of us are safe until we take refuge in God.
Psalm 121 is a psalm about trusting in God’s providential care. It is a travel Psalm. We travel every day to school and to work with friends, family, and co-workers. We take the good news of great joy with us wherever we go. It travels with us, but do we rely on God’s help and protection as we go each and every day?
Do you need help with this today? Then this psalm is for you. Psalm 121 teaches three big truths about God’s help and care for you as your feet take you on the journey.
I. The Creator is your helper (1-2)
II. The God of Israel is your protector (3-6)
III. The LORD will keep you from all harm (7-8)
We are on a journey to God, and Psalm 121 is a wonderful song for the journey. The maker of heaven and earth watches over every aspect of your life. He protects you from all harm. There are no accidents for those who belong to God.
And that means you do not need to worry or to be afraid of anything. Nothing can happen to you without God’s knowledge. Nothing can harm you under His protective care. Even the worst things that happen to you – whether illness, loss or even death – take place under God’s providential care. God is for you, not against you. He is committed to your good, and you can trust Him in all things.
Take comfort in this. Learn to trust God in all things and to look for the good in all the details of life. God cares for you. He will provide for you. He is there to help you. “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)