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22 May 2019

Psalm 121:1-2

I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 120-134 make up the ‘Songs of Ascent’. They are recited as the High Priest re-enacts the drawing of water from the rock at the Feast of Tabernacles.

I have chosen these verses today, not only because this is a great Psalm – another one that should be committed to memory – but because it is also an antidote to New Age Theology.

New-Agers may be quite happy with verse 1 but not verse 2. Yes, they will look to creation and earth and hope to get power from it – but they worship only the creation.

The Christian worships the Maker of that creation – the Creator, Himself.

Ironically, it is not until we know and have an intimate relationship with the Creator through His Son, Jesus Christ, that we can really appreciate His creation. As the old hymn puts it –

“Skies above are deeper blue,
Earth beneath is sweeter green,
Something shines in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen.”

I shall never forget the time when I worked on the Isle of Man. I couldn’t get over its natural beauty – such diversity within such a small area. Misty mountain, soggy boggy peat lands, rugged cliffs and coasts, wide white sandy beaches, natural steep-sided glens, small fishing villages and parks, woodlands and rivers. All that you could really wish for.

The amusing thing for me was that the Minister of Tourism was sacked every year because he ‘failed to deliver’. And yet what was their main drawcard? The world famous T.T. motorbike races and other man-made attractions. Had they been Christians and seen the glorious beauty all around them, they would have found the job so much easier and might even have been able to stay in office longer than 1 year.

Yes, my help doesn’t come from the hills but the Maker of them. Yes, I love to look at creation, but I see it as my Father’s handiwork and praise Him for it.

In this Psalm we see what help He offers.

“He will not let your foot slip” (v 3). He will protect us from ourselves.

“He who watches over you will not slumber” (v 3). Unlike the prophets of Baal (see 1 Kings 18), we can call out to Him at any time and He will answer us.

“He who watches over Israel (you) will neither slumber nor sleep.” He constantly watches over us and is always ‘there for us’.

“The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night” (v 6). He is our shade so neither the sun nor moon will harm us. (Things done by ‘day’ or by ‘night’.)

“The Lord will keep you from ALL harm” (v 7). He protects us from ALL harm in our lives – so we never experience the worst.

“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (v 8). All our journeys will be safe within His control – for our whole lifetime.

Now that’s much better than hugging, talking to, or relying on trees and mountains, isn’t it?


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