Psalm 121:1-2 ESV
“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.”
Too many Christians these days are looking to Capitol Hill and to politicians and to the government for their help instead of looking to the Lord who created them, and who knows them completely, and who is fully sovereign over their lives, and who is the one who knit them together in the wombs of their mothers, and who placed them where he wanted them (Ps 139).
But we aren’t supposed to be looking to the world to solve our problems, or to give us hope, or to fix human hearts. Only God can do that.
We aren’t supposed to be looking to man to lift us up out of our circumstances. If we do, we are in for trouble, for our circumstances could get even worse. For, man does not have the mind or purpose of God for our lives. He has his own purpose which is opposed to God. So, we are likely to go from bad to worse, rather than from bad to better, if we look to man.
When God made you black, he knew what he was doing. When he made me white, he knew what he was doing then, too. When he put me in a home where I was severely abused by my father and emotionally neglected by my mother, he knew what he was doing then, as well. He put me there. He knew what I was up against. He is either sovereign or he isn’t! For, he had a plan for my life, and he has a plan for you, too.
He makes no mistakes. He didn’t make a mistake by making you you and me me. And, we didn’t get a vote in the decision, either, which is a good thing. But he knew the suffering we would face. He knew we would be mistreated, despised, and scorned. But it isn’t for naught. He has a purpose for it all. Through what we suffer he molds us, and he makes us into who he created us to be, for his glory and praise, if we will yield to his purposes.
Psalm 121:3-4 ESV
“He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.”
The assumption here is that we are the Lord’s, by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. And, the name “Lord” is not just a title we give to God the Father or to God the Son. It means he is boss of our lives. He is our master. We are his bond-slaves, and slaves of his righteousness (Rom. 6:1-23).
So, this means we have surrendered our lives to the Lord Jesus, and we have forsaken our lifestyles of sin, and now, by God’s grace, and in his strength, we are walking (conducting our lives) according to the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh (Rom. 8:1-17; Eph. 4:17-24).
Jesus, through his death on a cross, made the way of escape for us out from underneath temptation to sin so that we can now be free from slavery to sin, and so that we can now walk in the Lord’s holiness and righteousness. And, he will strengthen us and empower us to resist Satan, to flee temptation, and to put on the armor of God with which to fight off Satan’s schemes against us. In this way, he keeps our feet from slipping.
But we must do what he says. We have to take that way of escape. We can’t play with sin. We can’t play with temptation and then blame God because he didn’t keep us from sinning.
We are not marionettes with God pulling all the strings. Daily we must die to sin and self. By the Spirit we are to be putting to death the deeds of the flesh. We must put on that armor of God. And, we have to walk in the Spirit, so we don’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh. And, we must cut out of our lives all that is leading us into sin, too.
Psalm 121:5-8 ESV
“The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
“The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.”
When we trust in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives, by God-given faith, the Holy Spirit of God comes to live within us. He speaks God’s words to our hearts. He makes the word of God alive and practical to what we are going through right now. He counsels us and he directs us in the way we should go. He pricks our consciences, too, when we begin to go astray.
He equips us, and he fills us, and he provides for us all that we need to live holy and godly lives surrendered to Jesus Christ. He strengthens us, too, in our fight against the enemy.
He is our helper. We can depend on him. He will not leave us or forsake us. He won’t let us down. He will protect us from the evil one. We will hear him in our heads directing us in the way we should go, and he will warn us, too, if we begin to yield to the enemy.
Our Lord watches over us. He is the one who sustains us. He is our defense. He counsels and encourages us through his written word, and through other believers in Jesus, and sometimes through the innocence of children and their child-like faith. He encourages and gives us hope, too, through the singing of the hymns which are so rich in faith and doctrine, too.
When the enemy is on the attack, we need to call on the Lord, and he will answer, if we will listen, and if we will do what he says.
We can’t blame God if we are foolish and if we don’t listen to him, but we go our own stubborn way because we think we know best, or because we don’t want to hand control of our lives over to him. He will not force obedience, though he requires it. So, we must choose who we are going to obey, the flesh or God, but there are consequences if we choose wrongly (Rom. 6:16).
Be with Me, Lord
By Thomas O Chisholm
Be with me, Lord – I cannot live without THEE,
I dare not try to take one step alone.
I cannot bear the loads of life, unaided,
I need THY strength to lean myself upon.
Be with me Lord, and then if dangers threaten,
If storms of trial burst above my head,
If lashing seas leap ev’rywhere about me,
They cannot harm, or make my heart afraid.
Be with me Lord! No other gift or blessing
THOU COULDST bestow could with this one compare –
A constant sense of THY abiding presence,
Where’er I am, to feel that THOU ART near.
Be with me, Lord, when loneliness o’ertakes me,
When I must weep amid the fires of pain,
And when shall come the hour of “my departure”
For “worlds unknown,” O Lord, be with me then.
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