Psalm 121:1-8 is one of my favorite verses in the Psalms, "I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore."
No matter what I am going through this passage has always brought me comfort and hope. It reassures me that God is with me no matter my circumstances. I especially like the opening verses, "I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." It is easy to forget to look up when life around you seems to be overwhelming, so involved with things coming at you from every direction, you feel as though if you take your eyes off even for a moment that something will certainly blindside you. But I have discovered that it helps to look up. I don't mean just a glance, but a full-on gaze to search for the one who said that He would never leave or forsake us. The more I search for Him the more readily I find Him, because I have learned what to look for. The Creator of the heavens and the earth created me as well, and you too. The more we understand what He looks like from the reading of the Bible the more we apt we are to recognize Him.
When you read the rest of the passage it is easy to be wrapped in hope. Just knowing that God loves us so much that His loving hands protect us and his watchful never leaves us. And lately, the promise that
He shall preserve us from evil. For assuredly evil is running rampant these days. And I will say it, even in the church, evil has gotten a foothold. Do not fret though, nothing has escaped God's attention and while there may be times of apparent uncertainty, our God is with us.
I want to invite you to share your favorite verses of hope and encouragement in response to this blog posting. Let us encourage one another in the midst of uncertain days. Though the times may be uncertain I have discovered that the certainty of God's abiding presence can overcome any uncertainty trying to be created by the enemy. Have a blessed day today! And don't forget to look up!