Where Our Help Comes From

During a recent home improvement project, I needed to learn how to do something I had never done before. The internet does have some redeeming qualities, one of which is that you can find a YouTube video to teach you just about any skill you can imagine. At some point this help runs out, and the Internet isn’t going to provide much for all the challenges of life. True help for our deepest needs comes from the creator of the universe. All too often though, we turn our focus from God and look within ourselves to find answers, or we seek solutions in one of the many systems in our world that promise ‘help in our times of need.’ Science, the financial system, government, the entertainment industry and technology are some of our favorite places to look. But we often find that even if we do find help, it is only temporary and has no eternal significance. Psalm 121 is a confession that God, as maker of heaven and earth, is one whose power in help and in blessing is unlimited. When are you most likely to turn to human sources of help instead of turning to God, the one who created these sources?

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lordthe Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.