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. (Psalm 121:1-2)
I woke up this morning with this Scripture on my heart. As I lay there thinking about it, I began to see a picture. Perhaps this picture is for someone who might read this blog, and for that reason I will share it.
When I was at the bottom of life, I begged God for help. I felt as low down and incapable of fixing my situation as I'd ever been. I wept and cried before His feet. It was a turning point in my deliverance. Yet it was not the begging or the tears that caused God to answer my prayer, though God sees our tears. Instead, it was the condition of my heart when I requested His help.
There is a vast difference between asking God to correct everything in your life with no intention of changing your behavior and crying out to God with every determination to not act the same again. One is a position of selfishness, and God will not honor that, the other is a position of surrender. It is, "God, I give you all of this. I won't be the same. Now, help me!"
Where are you looking?
The key point in this verse is the direction in which the applicant is looking and with what they are looking. The verse plainly says, "Lift up." This is an action on our part, something we must do personally. We can no longer look at our feet to our right hand or to our left. We must lift up in the direction of the help and stop looking elsewhere. This is a point of surrender to God.
Now notice, surrender is the only action required. This verse does not say, "Stretch out your hand." It doesn't command us to walk anywhere. In fact, in this verse we are stationary. At the moment of lifting up our eyes, that is the only action. God does not need our help. Remember we need His!
God is a god of mercy and compassion. He desires to help us, but He also desires to see we are looking only at Him. Look in the direction of the help. Stop trying on your own efforts. And lastly, notice to whom you are looking. This is in the second verse. We are not looking at just anything! We are looking at the Maker of heaven and earth.
"I expect you to do it!"
Say to God, "Okay, I'm looking at you now and I expect you to help me!"
Wait, you say, can we do that? Absolutely! What does it say in Hebrews?
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
Come boldly! God has promised us help in our time of need. Faith says, I look to You God to keep your word to me, and I look ONLY to you. Then faith acknowledges to whom it is looking. We are looking at the "Maker of heaven and earth." It is one thing to ask for help. But when we ask, why would we ask it from someone incapable of helping? That makes no sense. No, we ask it of the one who has all the power to correct the situation.
And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (Psalm 37:40)
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: (Psalm 146:5)
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:13)
He has the power to help and the willingness to help, so expect Him to help! Lift up your eyes. Help is coming!
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Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.