I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
I love this Psalm. It’s short, but I could spend months reading through it’s rich treasures concerning the nature and attributes of our God. Over the next few Blog posts, I want to go through the Psalm’s 8 verses in short, devotional style posts.
Lift Your Eyes (Verse 1)
I have sometimes heard people quote this scripture in a way that makes it sound as though our help comes from the hills, perhaps this was because of the way some of the older translations of the Bible worded it ; I’ve even seen part of the verse written on wall plaques, or book markers saying something like “I will lift my eyes to the hills” and ending there! But the psalmist goes on to say that it is the Lord our God, who made those very hills, who is our helper.
Why Do I Need To Lift My Eyes?
It’s a statement of faith: Do you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances today? Do you wonder if this season you’re in is ever going to change? There’s something about that action of lifting your head, and your eyes and looking upwards, raising your gaze above your present circumstances and fixing them on your Father God, believing that He will help;
Lifting my head – my eyes, even in trying circumstances is a heart statement in action. A statement of faith put into motion.
And God will always respond. Jeremiah 33:3 says ‘call to me and I will answer you’
James 4:8 tells us, ‘draw near to God and he will draw near to you’.
It takes an action on our part – making the choice to draw near to Him and lift your eyes up to a Him wherever you’re at in life at this moment, and God will always respond.
Part read part 2 Click here 👉🏻 “He watches over me”
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