It won't come as breaking news to hear it said we live in a world of threat and uncertainty. We need only turn on the TV or Radio to have this confirmed: the threat of terrorism; the threat of war; the threat of unemployment. On an individual basis each of us live under the threat of sickness and disease; some reading this perhaps live under a domestic threat, perhaps a relationship that is fragile or falling apart, or a child who is going down a path that threatens to break our heart?
No matter where we turn threats are everywhere. This is the world we live in!
Is it any wonder as we look around & see all this we have a longing for security and safety and to know that everything will be OK?
The author of Psalm 121 in the Bible feels under threat.
He begins with the words, “I lift up my eyes to the hills”. Its as he looks at the hills he is reminded what we have just considered, namely we live in a world of threat and danger. You see hills back then, as is the case in some countries today, was the dwelling place of wild beasts and bandits, therefore it is no wonder the Psalm writer felt threatened and fearful.
It was a feeling of threat and fear that lead the writer to ask a question many of us will have asked in 2017, and which many will again ask in 2018:
“Where does my help come from”?
In my job as a minister I often find myself asking people this question – “where does your help come from”.
I often hear the same reply: “my help comes from my family – from my husband or wife; from my children; from parents or brothers and sisters”.
It is good to have the help and support of a loving family, or to have the security of a nice home and a stable job. However, what happens when the threat we face is greater than these things? What happens when our threat is the size of the hills –
“I lift up my eyes to the hills”? Where then does our help come from?
Listen to the author of Psalm 121's reply after asking where his help comes from:
“I life up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, maker of heaven and earth”.
The author of the Psalm was trusting in a God who was not only bigger than the hills, but who made the hills, indeed, He “made the heavens and the earth”.
I dont know the situation or circumstance of all who may read this, but I do know it makes complete sense for all who read this to trust the God of Psalm 121, for if this God “made heaven & earth” there is nothing in heaven or on earth too great or too difficult for Him to deal with.
This is the God we need for 2018, and this is the God who promises to meet with us in His Word, the Bible, the book which directs and drives everything we do at Bishopbriggs Free Church. Do pop and join us. Who knows, like the Psalmist you may find yourself saying “my help comes the LORD, maker of heaven and earth”?