Tuesday, January 20, 2009
What Are You Looking At
The following passage pictures David walking toward the temple for the purpose of worship. As he walks he looks to Mount Zion and thinks of the Lord. This inspires him to pen these words. “[A song of ascents.] I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”- Psalm 121:1-2. Help implies someone doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Our help does come from the Lord! That's David's view of life expressed in this passage. The Psalmist draws our attention to the God who never tires of being our Keeper. He doesn't sleep and He never grows weary of watching over His children. Like the Psalmist, the Lord often gives us opportunity to express, both to ourselves and to others, our faith in a God who is actually intervening in our affairs. We needn't live out our lives resigned to fatalism. Our thoughts don't have to be disturbed by anything that would even hint of God being oblivious to our needs and trials. God is present and He acts on our behalf. I have a friend who was cheated out of a great deal of money (several million dollars). The fact that he was cheated by a close friend made the wounding a great deal more difficult to bear. I have seen him go from praising the Lord for His goodness to being despondent and on the verge of suicide. The only way he can deal with having been brought to the brink of abject poverty is to focus on the Lord and His faithfulness. For us as believers the promises of the Word begins to live when we begin living the Word. David reminds us the Lord is "The maker of heaven and earth." The God who is powerful enough to create is able to wisely distribute that which belongs to Him. This Psalm calls us to actively put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Messiah is all that David pictures Him to be in Psalm 121, and He is a great deal more. Will you trust Him with everything today? Dr. Ken Copley is available for counseling, conferences, and local church meetings.