“I lift up my eyes to the hills”

“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.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

Where does one place his trust in the uncertain times in which we live? Since, in reality, all times are uncertain from a human perspective, this is a very important question. I hope that the present financial times have at least taught us the lesson that our security can not be found in 401Ks, or in Bernie Madoff’s “foolproof” investment scheme. The latest news cycle has also reminded us that it is not unheard of for spouses to be less than trustworthy, as the wife of the governor of South Carolina has discovered (which really aggravated me since I liked his refusal of federal bail-out funds). Moreover, we must remember that even faithful, trustworthy spouses are susceptible to disease and death, and through “no fault of their own” should be removed as the being to whom we place our ultimate trust. And, we all know that politicians can not be trusted to do anything, but to seek to be re-elected.

The Psalmist knew from whom he could expect help, and in whom to place his trust. His help came “from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” The Lord is able to shepherd His people so that they “will not want.” The Lord is able to encourage His people so that they can experience the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” which will guard their “hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” The Lord is the only one who can truly say, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” in the dark providences of our lives. The Lord alone can make it possible for a sinner to be able to cry out, “Abba, Father,” and “receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” all through the obedient life and death of His Son, Jesus Christ. And, last of all, only to Jesus Christ have been given the “keys to Death and Hades” so that a child of God need not fear the last enemy he will ever have to face: his physical death.

Therefore, I would encourage you to look up to, and trust in, the only One who purchased salvation for His elect; the only one who can be our comfort in life and death; and proclaim along with J. Gresham Machen, “I’m so thankful for active obedience of Christ. [There is] no hope without it.


1 Comment

  1. Sandra A. said,

    July 4, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Amen, brother. Thanks for this timely reminder, along with the 26th’s, of the fragility of life and the really important fact that life and death are in our Father’s hands.To Him be all honor and glory.

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