One of my very first Psalms I memorized was in Sunday School class as a teenager. I was in a group of a about 3-5 teens who regularly attended each Sunday morning. Our teacher decided to have us memorize Psalm 121. It became such an important Psalm to me from that moment on.
Maybe growing up and living in the Appalachian hills always connected to me to this Psalm. It is funny when we travel anywhere where it is flat, I feel so unprotected. Naked and raw with all of the flat land. The hills will always symbolize a place of refuge for me. It will always be home.
Maybe the Psalmist pictured God the same way. Yes, God is our refuge and strong tower. But God is also home. We need only lift our eyes. It doesn’t talk about taking the next step. It doesn’t say renew your mind or redirect your heart. It only says “lift your eyes.” Change where your heart is looking.
Are you troubled tonight, longing for sleep to come? Lift your eyes to the One who never sleeps.
Are you waking to a new day with the struggles and heartaches from yesterday? Lift your eyes to the One who guards you day and night.
Are you feeling low, deep in a pit of darkness? Lift your eyes to the hills. The high places. The place where He dwells. The One who made the hills is there, ready to keep you. Only lift your eyes.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
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