‘I lift up my eyes to the mountains
– where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.’

(Psalm 121 verses 1 – 2)

We all have our moments when we look around and we are overwhelmed by ‘insurmountable problems’. Sometimes, what we face and have to deal with feels just all too much for us to cope with and that causes us to hold out little or no hope of overcoming all that we can see. The Psalmist knew what it was like to have to deal with great difficulties, and his solution was to look beyond his immediate problems to the wonder of God and His love.

Originally Psalm 121 was a song of encouragement for those making pilgrimage to Jerusalem, but looking to God and completing a successful journey easily becomes a parable for the whole of one’s life. When we travel with God, looking up to God we can find perspective and confidence to not give up on our lifelong course. Psalm 121 encourages us to take our eyes off the immediate problems that surround us, and to look to the wonder of God beyond them.  So, when problems or difficulties arise, we are encouraged to make a conscious decision; to look beyond the issues that confront us and look to the One who is always there for us.

“Amazing God,
You are greater than all that we face,
You will deliver us from all our difficulties.
or you will bring us through them all.
I lift up my eyes to you,
and ask for your help today.
Amen.

[Andrew Pritchard-Keens]