Thursday, December 13, 2012

From the Lord!

 1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
 2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
 3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
 4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 
(Psalm 121:1-4, King James Version)

From the Lord!

How trustworthy is your help? When you are in the middle of a devastating situation, where do you turn for help? We often hear the cliche, "there's safety in numbers," but is that really true? Truthfully, it is not about numbers, but rather, dependability!

The Psalmist set his eyes upon the distant hills and said, I will life up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. As we gaze upon the starry skies, watch a lingering sunset, or hear the cheerful cry of the birds on our morning walk, let us lift our hearts and minds above the things of this world and set them upon our Creator God who truly is our help--our only help!

How can we be so confident? The Psalmist reminds us that God is our protector 24/7, for He never slumbers nor sleeps. With confidence we can rest our lives--even our very souls, upon His faithful care. No matter what our outward circumstances, as believers, we have complete rest and confidence in our God who cares for every detail of our lives. The Lord Jesus reminded us,
 7But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:7, King James Version)
What, then, is the proper response? It is time that we, as believers, take our eyes off the things of this world and set our whole hearts, minds, bodies, and souls upon the Lord Jesus Christ. We, as Christians, have a God-ordained job to do, and as a body of believers, are sadly falling short of our duties. Our lives are often consumed by the cares of this world rather than the cares of heaven.mWhile our brothers and sisters in the Lord, in countries like North Korea, Sudan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, are suffering untold persecution, we are often more concerned about the color of our nail polish, or the numbers of presents under our Christmas trees.

What can we do? First, let us pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters, that God will strengthen them and give them grace to stand firm, that they may feel His comfortable arms of protection around them. Second, let us dust off the covers of our Bibles and immerse ourselves in God's Word, praying that God would give us understanding and discernment in a day when so much error abounds. Third, let us look around ourselves and pray that God would show us the needs that exist in our own neighborhoods, so that we may show love and concern for our neighbors as we are commanded in God's Word.

Being a musician, you will not be surprised to know that that reminds me of a song.

  1. O soul, are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    There’s light for a look at the Savior,
    And life more abundant and free!
    • Refrain:
      Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
      Look full in His wonderful face,
      And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
      In the light of His glory and grace.
  2. Through death into life everlasting
    He passed, and we follow Him there;
    O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
    For more than conqu’rors we are!
  3. His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
    Believe Him, and all will be well:
    Then go to a world that is dying,
    His perfect salvation to tell!

As we lift up our eyes unto the hills may we go to a world that is dying with God's perfect salvation to tell, remembering that our help is from the Lord who made heaven and earth!

God Bless You,

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