“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence cometh my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1, NKJV) There is actually quite a bit going on in this simple verse, so it’s worth breaking down. First, David is an observant man. Like many of us when we are out in nature, we behold the magnitude and majesty of our surroundings and feel strongly convicted that there is something out there greater than we are. In this case, David is so taken with the beauty around him that he is lifting his eyes UP towards the Creator. Think for a moment of things you have seen by lifting up your eyes.
You have seen the wind blowing through a canopy of leaves in a kaleidoscope of glittering green as you lay in the shade… You have imagined shapes in the clouds as they shifted and passed overhead, forming nebulous white cotton-candy sculptures that floated across the heavens. You have gazed into a sky so blue it went on forever, or you have watched approaching thunderclouds with dread and apprehension. Lift your eyes… You have seen the miraculous palette of a sunset as its colors splashed across the horizon, full of shades so rich and so subtle that you almost couldn’t even process them…
You have watched a bird in flight, marveling with envy at such effortless freedom…You have looked at hills and mountains, impressed with their character and grandeur. You have felt insignificant beside them, and have been awed and inspired by their majesty. You have looked deep into the eternal darkness of the night sky, watching the moon and stars in their courses, moved by the infinity of it all, captured by the deep twinkling lights which sent the very beams you are watching hundreds or even thousands of years ago… When you lift up your eyes, you see the universe in its awesome magnitude, and perhaps you recognize that such a vast, diverse, and beautiful creation had a vast, diverse and beautiful Creator.
Second, this Creator not only did amazing work with “up” and “the hills”, He also did some pretty nifty stuff with “around” and “in”. From horizon to horizon, from deep space to deep oceans, from vast mountains to microscopic life, the Lord who made heaven and earth deserves our respect and awe. Everywhere you look, it’s pretty hard not to be impressed with God’s handiwork and curious about His character. David seemed to be personally involved with Him, drew inspiration from Him, and found help in Him. If you stop and think about it just for a second, it really makes a lot of sense. David was pretty wise. I guess if the Lord made heaven and earth, He can help handle my stuff today…
Lord who made the heavens and the earth, Who blesses us with Thy eternal worth, Surrounds us with Thy everlasting glory And teaches us the never-ending story: Enable us to lift our eyes and see This world the way your will was meant to be. When dreams are crushed, and life is filled with "why's, And under circumstance, ambition dies, Enlarge our faith by lifting up our eyes.
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