“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.” – Psalm 121:1-2
If you want to escape the cage of stress, you have to learn what God’s Word tells us regarding how you can be proactive in eliminating it from your life. Psalm 121:1 says, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?”
Many times we will read the Psalms without ever really considering the context in which they were written.
This particular Psalm takes you on a journey with a pilgrim that chose to leave his troubles behind. He chose to abandon his burdens and leave them at home, to travel very difficult, dangerous roads, all because he wanted to go to Jerusalem and be in the presence of the Lord.
Psalm 121:1 gives us a picture of the pilgrim, approaching the end of his journey. He was worn out and had endured persecution and exhaustion along the way. But now in the distance, he could see the hills of Jerusalem. He could see the destination in the distance, and he asked the question, “Where does my help come from?” But then look how he answered the question…
“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” This man had risked everything because he wanted to go to Jerusalem, but here he declared once and for all, his hope wasn’t in the hills. His hope was in his HELP.
Sometimes, we get this wrong. We put our hope in something other than God. We put our hope in the hills. We get so focused on arriving at a PLACE that we tend to forget our PURPOSE.
You might be saying, “If I could only arrive at this job, or have this kind of relationship, or make this kind of money, or get this kind of opportunity… then, everything would be okay. Then the stress in my life would disappear.”
But remember, He’s not only God. He’s our help. God doesn’t want to suppress your stress. God wants to address your stress. And God’s solution for addressing stress comes by the way of an invitation. More on that tomorrow.