Where DOES my help come?

Feb 09, 20 Where DOES my help come?

Where DOES my help come?

 

In recent years, I’ve memorized some Bible verses and passages, and if you haven’t yet, I hope that you do too. When you have Bible verses at your easy disposal (memorized), you can encourage others AND yourself when a Bible just isn’t handy. 

 

During persecution, Jesus Christ believers have not been able to have access to a Bible. It was whatever they or others had memorized that brought them GREAT comfort.

 

Psalm 121 is my go-to passage in times of trouble or really just any time.  You might already be familiar with it from worship songs, which have used portions of it in their lyrics.

 

When I’m memorizing, I print out the passage, cut it to fit on an index card and then tape the index cards around my house: in the kitchen and near my bathroom mirror, etc.  If I get upset with someone or with something, it’s so much better to put my mind to memorizing God’s living Word instead of chewing and dwelling on negative and destructive thoughts. AND it draws me closer to Jesus too 🙂

 

Here’s some history and some definitions to explain why Psalm 121 is rich with God’s truth for us, even 2,500 years after it was composed.

 

IN the Old Testament (OT) part of our Bible, (which is the Hebrew or Jewish part of the Christian Bible), there is a section known as the Psalms, which is a Greek word: psalmos. It translates as ‘songs’ and there are 150 of these “songs” under the Psalms section of the Bible.  Multiple people wrote the Psalms and it is not known with certainty who wrote this particular psalm but it could have been King David because he wrote just a little under half of the psalms.

 

And here’s the Psalm for easy reference:

 

Psalm 121 (English Standard version – ESV)

 

My Help Comes from the Lord – A Song of Ascents.

 

121 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.

 

 

The tone or feel of this Psalm is of a person walking toward the city of Jerusalem, which was located on a hill so therefore you had to ‘ascend’, which means go up this hill.  Jerusalem contained the Jewish temple so this walker is heading toward Jerusalem to worship in the Holy temple of God.

 

The first line of Psalm 121 draws our attention to the hills and it asks the question, does our help come from the ‘god’ of those hills?  It asks this because during that time, the surrounding people who were known as ‘pagans’, believed in many gods but Israel, the name by which the Jewish people called themselves, believed in only ONE God, who 500 years later, Christians believe sent Jesus. So the writer is asking, “Does my help come from the hill ‘god’”? NO, is the firm response! It comes from the only God, who MADE the hills and everything else! 

 

The next lines inform us that the TRUE God is always vigilant, which means heedful, aware, guarding us as a real protector.  He will protect us from slipping on the journey, He NEVER sleeps but is ALWAYS vigilant and He will not let us suffer from the dangers of day or night. Although this Psalm is talking about a physical journey to Jerusalem, it can also be an analogy, which means a comparison, to our life journey too.

 

If you are a Jesus believer, God holds your soul/life for eternity.  No matter WHAT bad or evil things may happen to you on this earth, God himself/Jesus will be there with you and the circumstance will only last a little while. 

 

For Jesus believers, this life on earth is as difficult or as hard as it will ever be for us because He has us AFTER this life AND for eternity.  For those who don’t believe in Jesus as Savior, THIS life is as good as it EVER gets. 🙁

 

 

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