Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 1st, 2018
I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 (NKJV)
Where Does My Help Come From
When we are overcome by the problems of life we want to find a source of hope and help. Where does my help come from? I can search everywhere and still be needy and in despair. The answer is found in this verse: there is a source of help available to me. He is all-sufficient and all-powerful. He is the one who is the mighty Maker of heaven and earth.
Nova Scotia is facing a critical shortage of doctors and it almost cost David Doucette his life. Last July he tried to get admitted to a Halifax emergency room, but was unable. So he left the emergency room and then called 911 in a desperate search for medical help. Only hours after he was returned to hospital by ambulance, the Halifax man was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. There was doubt he would survive the night. His hematologist described him as the sickest patient she’s ever seen survive.
Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve said, “there’s never a policeman around when you need one?” We all have moments in our lives when we need someone to come alongside and help. How fortunate we are when, in the most challenging times, someone comes to our aid. But where do we look when the need is spiritual? When we have done something wrong and we are overwhelmed with guilt and shame? When we are spiritually dry and longing for God’s peace that comes with the assurance of His abiding presence? The Psalmist had times like this, and in the midst of them, he cries out in Psalm 121:1-2, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” The natural position when we are in trouble, or in grief, is head down. The Psalmist calls us to lift up our gaze and look to the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Surely the One who had the power to speak creation into being can speak peace into our lives.
These have been words from the heart.