I look to the hills….

Psalm 121:1-2 says “I life up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

When I quoted this Psalm at the end of my message this past Sunday I misspoke. I said that it read “I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where does my HOPE come?” It’s an easy misstatement to make. One can see how that can happen…the words “hope”, and “help” are close. They are very similar. We should want to be true to Scripture, but I think the word “hope” could easily apply.

A basic truth of God is that he is the ultimate power in the universe. He spoke and created it. He willed for the earth and everything on it to exist, and it did. He chose to create us, and all life on earth. He is that powerful. He can do whatever he wants with all of creation for his pleasure. He is subject to nothing.

If God is that powerful, then we can turn to him. We can trust in him, because we also know that he is good, and that he is not going to just sit back and watch. God has always taken an interest in his creation, and he has always had a role in the lives of his people.

When we face difficulties, trials, and tribulations…we can turn to God. He is our help, but he is also the one that we can find hope in. He is not just a concept. He is not just a story, or a deity that does not care for his people. It is because of the goodness of our God, and his sovereignty that we can find hope in him.

So when questions arise, when trouble comes…we look to God. I like what the apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
We can put our hope in God. He is worthy.