I Need Help
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
— Psalms 121:1-2
We all need help. Some are aware of it and others trudge on as if they are completely sufficient for every possibility. Those who are aware are faced with where they will look for help. The crowd of Israelites marching to Jerusalem to worship sang the song as recorded in Psalm 121. While it was common for people of that time to believe that their gods ruled from the majestic mountains that towered above everything, the people of Jehovah trusted the God who made the mountains.
He is not our maid who does what we demand. He is our Father who hears our cry and acts in our behalf in the best way at the best time.
He does not compete with the imagined gods of other religions. He is in a class byHhimself. He alone created all things. He alone governs what He created. He has a name. He is the God who made covenant with Israel. By His own initiative, He has assumed responsibility to be a Father to them. Without His watchful care, they will surely stumble and fall. He alone can establish them as secure. The song says, “He will not let your foot be moved.” Israel can stand their ground because of the commitment of their God.
He is not a projection of human imagination — a bigger version of man. He does not sleep. His care is perpetual. He provides shade from the rigors of the sun’s heat, and protection from the mysterious influences of the moon and planets. He rules the day and the night. He ensures the sustainability of His people’s faith. He watches them as they come and go. He is their God, and He cares about every detail of their lives.
A New Covenant Cry for Help
As we New Testament believers sing the song, we have further understanding of this dynamic. We cry for help from the One who not only made a covenant but ratified it by fulfilling the conditions we could never fulfill.
Jesus as our covenant mediator has kept covenant with the Father, and we are blessed with the fulfilled promise made to the obedient. We have no reason to look anywhere else for our help. He is our God and He cares for us. All the resources in creation are at His disposal to be used as He directs. We can stop looking to the gods that our culture has adopted for our help. We have a helper who waits for our call.
He is not our maid who does what we demand; He is our Father who hears our cry and acts in our behalf in the best way at the best time. If you are ready to admit you need help, look beyond the mountains to the creator and Father, and call.