October 7, 2021
I remember that Friday well. The clouds hung low, blocking the horizon, and limiting visibility to only a few hundred yards. The minutes dragged on. The effect on my mood was noticeable. But then, as afternoon approached, the clouds began to break, and I saw it: beautiful Pikes Peak, the most recognizable landmark of my city, flanked on each side by the mountain range. A smile broke over my face. I considered that even our physical perspective our literal line of sight can affect our spiritual vision. And I was reminded of the psalmist singing, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains” (Psalm 121:1) Sometimes we simply need to lift our eyes a bit higher!
This song expresses assurance and hope in God’s protection. He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well. We should never trust a lesser power than God Himself. The psalmist pondered where his help came from, maybe because the hilltops around Israel were dotted with altars to pagan gods and often contained robbers. Or it could have been because the psalmist looked up beyond the hills to Mount Zion where the temple stood and remembered that the Maker of heaven and earth was his covenant God.
Either way, to worship we must look up. We have to lift our eyes higher than our circumstances, higher than our troubles and trials, higher than the empty promises of the false gods of our day. Not only is God all-powerful, but He watches over us. Nothing diverts or deters Him. We are safe. We never outgrow our need for God’s untiring watch over our lives. Then we can see the Creator and Redeemer, the One who calls us by name. Even during this pandemic, He’s the One who will “watch over your coming and going” today and forevermore.
By Patience Kasweka, Bible League International staff, Zambia
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