I Look Unto The Hills

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.
Psalms 121:1-2

That verse has been ringing in my ears for over a week now.  Actually longer than that as the hymn using it is sung in the first The Moment After movie, one of the few rapture movies my son likes and we also own so it got watched a lot over the last few months without internet.  A lot.  Actually all the movies we own did, there aren’t many; we mostly have sermons and documentaries.  It takes folks about a minute to figure out we are the local homeschooling Jesus freaks.  And proud of it!  But I digress, sorry, back to the topic.  The hills and their maker.

I’ve written about them before, here, but today I want to go a little different direction.  See when I read that Psalm again a week or so ago the Spirit really made me pause and pour over it.  To ponder and dig into those two sentences.  One thing that struck me was how literally true they are for me.  Every night as I pray looking out one of our doors I look up at the hills surrounding our home and beyond that to the “heavens” where their Maker and mine is.  I can’t help but praise Him when I do, His fingerprint is all over it all, and it cries out to me to rejoice in Him.  But it was more than just that.  But it’s also so much more than that not just for me but for all of us.  So let’s take some time and just really pour over those two lines from Psalm 121.

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.
Psalms 121:1-2

I will lift mine eyes unto the hills…  There are two opinions on who wrote this Psalm.  It is traditionally attributed to David, that man after God’s own heart; but many also believe it to have been penned by one of the Jewish exiles during the Babylonian captivity.  Both thoughts bring out interesting points.

David knew the hills of Israel, boy did he ever.  That man spent a lot of time in them, running to them as he was engaged in battles or fleeing from Saul.  So I can just imagine he spent a lot of time lifting his eyes unto the hills.  God used the hills of the area to provide a safe haven for him.

David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. 1 Samuel 22:1

Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon? 1 Samuel 23:19

I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
Psalms 3:4

One of the exiles though would not be able to look to those hills.  Not from Babylon – that’s some flat sand out there compared to their homeland.  So I picture this lonely, downtrodden, homesick exile looking in their minds eye to the hills they so longed to return to.  The hills of the land given to them by God, the maker of heaven and earth, their hope, their help.

Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. Ezekiel 3:15

And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.  Daniel 1:3-4

For in both situations the author knew precisely where their help was really coming from, and it wasn’t the hills they were looking to.  The hills just pointed their eyes upward, heavenward to where the Help they so desperately sought was listening to their hearts anguished cry for relieve, comfort, solace, help!  And the LORD responded in kind – pouring out mercy, grace, peace, help as only He can.  True the exile was not immediately delivered but he was given strength to bear the trial he must face, as was David.  He was not spared Saul’s pursuits and attacks, nor the later wars that plagued his life, but he was given peace, hope, security in the LORD.  His help.

I find such comfort in this passage, such promise personally as well.  God has planted my little family squarely in the shelter of the hills He made here in our little valley and I gladly look to them and beyond to where my help really comes from.  God my Father in heaven and his precious Son who shed His blood on Calvary paying my debt for my sins.  Washing me white as snow when I was black as pitch with my sin, when my debt was too great to pay and I was being crushed under the weight of it.  That’s my help, my Savior, my Rock.

As always my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ may the Father bless, keep and strengthen you as you continue to:

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

knowing that you can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you. Philippians 4:13

 

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