Monday, December 19, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016 If you've ever had a chance to talk to people about the day of their encounter with Christ, there is one phrase you will hear often. It goes something like this: "I had nowhere else to look but up." I bet many of us found ourselves in situations in our lives when we could have said the same thing. Reading Psalm 121 this morning, I sense that David had this same thought in mind when he penned it. He begin this favorite psalm of many with these words: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." I strongly believe that David really meant Heaven instead of hills and I'll tell you why. Let me remind you that all of David's psalms were originally songs and I know that it is common for song writers to often use a substitute for the word they originally intended to use in order not to break the flow of the song. Let me give you an example: Let's say that the writer of "Jingle Bells" really wanted to write about riding in a toboggan. How would it have sounded if the song went like this: "Dashing through the snow in a one horse, open toboggan"?
Another key word in this psalm, at least in the NIV Bible, is "watch." He wrote that the One who watches over you, will not slumber, is your shade (cover, protection) at your right hand and will watch over your life. David ended this short psalm with these words: "the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." I want David's psalm to remind you today, as it did me, about the One who is always watching over us, especially those of you who may be going through a hard trial.
Nowadays it is common to hear of helicopters being used to help motorists through crowded streets or highways, aid the police or rescue those in distress. We can safely say that their help comes from above. Even so, that kind of help cannot compare to the help from above that comes to all of God's children when they need it. If you need His help today, call Him. Besides, He is already watching over you.
God's promise for today: (Psalm 33:18 NLT) "But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on His unfailing love."