Who can I turn to when things come crashing down around me? (Part 2)

Did you read Part 1 of Who can I turn to when things come crashing down around me? If so, the first reason to trust in the LORD during times of tribulation is that the LORD will help His own.

Read verse 1 and 2 of Psalm 121, paying special attention to the word “help”,

1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth.”

Want to hear the verse in context? Psalm 107 – 121
What is this about?

“Psalm 120 – 134 are called “Pilgrim Psalms” or “Songs of Ascent.” They were sung by those who journeyed (and thus “ascended”) to the temple for the annual feasts. Each psalm is a “step” along the journey. Psalm 120 begins the journey in a distant land in hostile surroundings; Psalm 122 pictures the pilgrim arriving in Jerusalem;” (Life Application Bible, 1991:1045) Psalm 121 which is nestled in between speaks to the travellers strength; more particularly the LORD who is the pilgrims helper, keeper and preserver.

Verse 1 sets the scene of the Psalm, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Ps 121:1). This is not a positive declaration of hope, this is a desperate cry of despair. The Psalmist is envisioning the path of a pilgrim, the journey of a devotee along the winding road through the foothills towards Jerusalem fulfilling a religious rite.

Jerusalem, Psalm 121, Temple Mount

I took this photo from the Mount of Olives, over looking the Kidron Valley with the Temple Mount in the background; the final destination of the pilgrim’s on the ascent. Click image to enlarge.

A few years ago I travelled this ancient trail, climbing up towards the Holy City, very literally ascending. It is a dry, desolate, rugged road, devoid of settlements, barren and foreboding; the perfect platform for thieves and bandits to ambush soft targeted travellers. Here the Psalmist is looking towards the hills, anticipating the danger lurking there; his enemies like predators prepared and poised to pounce.

Jerusalem, Psalm 121, Temple Mount, Kidron Valley, Mount of Olives

A bit of perspective. Any read this blog that’s walked this road too? Click image to enlarge.

As with all of God’s children our help is not found in the strength of man; it cannot be found in our own strength; it must come “from the LORD” (Ps 121:2a). Our trust in God’s ability to assist us in times of trail and tribulation is not misplaced when we consider that He who aids us is He who “made heaven and earth” (Ps 121:2b). That same God who extends His loving care to us when we need it most is the LORD who by His Word wrought all that was not into existence. The Psalmists point is that God not only desires to care to our needs but that He is able to that which He wills.

I’m reminded of Jesus Christ sleeping in the bows of the boat on the Sea of Galilee when a frightful storm arose “insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves” (Mt 8:24b) striking fear into the heart of Christ’s fishermen friends. As they rushed below to awaken Him their desire was aid in the face of certain destruction and doom. When Christ “arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea” (Mt 8:26b) we’re reminded that the hands which so effortlessly flung stars into space are more than able of coming to our aid in our hour of need.

Do you turn to the LORD with your infirmities? Your calamities? Your fears? He is faithful and capable. Let him be your “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1).


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