Verse 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?
This is a well-liked and often quoted verse but we may have missed some of the significance of it when we just use it as a verse to pull our hearts out of our trials.
Remember that these psalms that we are looking at are songs for the journey to festivals of praise to God. And these journeys to Jerusalem would have them looking up as they headed up the roads to the City of God. God had told Moses that He would meet with him at the Mercy Seat which was seated on the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant was to be kept in the Holy of Holies first in the tabernacle and later in the Temple. The Ark was unfortunately captured at various points by enemy peoples but that didn’t stop God’s people from wanting to meet as God had instructed them to at either the tent of meeting or the Temple built to honor Him.
This upward trek could have reminded them of the stories they would have heard of Moses hiking up the mountain to meet with God. The stories were passed down from generation to generation. How the story of Moses ascending into the cloud covered mountain had reminded God’s people over the years of the importance of the laws given, written with God’s own finger.
The journey to Jerusalem for the festivals would have reminded them that God is number one and that were not to worship any other god. Just as we talked about yesterday, they were living among those who were not God’s people. The Israelites had not obeyed God about driving all the enemy peoples from the Promised Land and because of this disobedience they were living day to day with those who worshiped other gods and may have been finding some of the beliefs intermingling with their own religious practices.
This letting down their guard and allowing practices into their life that didn’t please God was one of the main reason they had these songs to sing as they traveled to worship God. It was important that they remembered who their God truly was and that He was the only one who could help them. The same could be said of us and our culture. It is so easy to be so consumed with what is going on in the world around us that we take our focus off of God and we will find ourselves baby-stepping away from God and His will.
Making It Personal
What in the world tends to draw you away from time with God? How hard does it have to work at convincing you to give in to it? What can you do to turn your worship to God instead of the things that draws you away from Him?
Making It Personal Kids
How does Jesus help you? Do you ask Him to help you when you are struggling? Why is it important to only worship Jesus?
Father, thank You for being there for us to look up to. Keep us from being fascinated with the things of this would that could take our worship from You. Give us eyes only for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.