Day 20: Psalm 121
Where do you turn to for help?
I love the book of Psalms and I have loved doing these daily devotions. Many of the Psalms resonate with the struggles, triumphs and failures of everyday life and with things we can relate to, especially in this strange year we have had.
When David wrote Psalm 121 he was facing a difficult situation in his life. He had probably hit rock bottom and was in despair. He was looking for help. I think we all look for help in these times, David was no different. But where we turn to for help is the important bit.
When your journey becomes rough, when your confidence is shaken, when you are having ups and downs, where do you turn to for help? I love that David tells us who we can turn to for help
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth
David looks up and gazes at those mighty mountains and wonders will his help come from there, but David doesn’t stop looking there, he looks beyond to the almighty God who created the mighty mountains and also the whole universe. He remembers that God is a mountain mover, who is with us always. He doesn’t look at the situation but he looks to the one who is in control of everything.
So often I think we get side tracked and distracted by the situations we find ourselves in that we forget to look for help from the one who can always help. We are all guilty of going through the motions, first turning to other things like Facebook, turning to a friend, a family member or not seeking help at all. None of these are wrong but nothing is better than turning to God for our help.
So make sure whenever we face a tough situation or problem, we lift our eyes beyond the peripheral things (they may be good things but they are not the thing) to the one true God who is ready to help. Just like David we can say boldly today and everyday “My help comes from the lord.”
Somethings to think about over the day:
1: What are the mountains in your life that you turn to more than Go?
2: Ask God today to help you look beyond distractions and focus on him
Ps Hannah Hoyle
Campus Pastor, Bishop Auckland