<A Song of Ascents.> I lift up my eyes to the hills– from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at 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 on and forevermore.
(Psa 121:1-8 NRS)
I wanted to share one of my favorites Psalms as a reminder of how God cares for you. In the midst of great trials be assured that God is your help. Look up to the hills. Cry out to God and He will not refuse his child. Your future may be bleak from where you stand, but look back from where you have come. Remember how God has always been there for you. Then you can stand on faith that He will see you through your present circumstances.
Many years ago I witnessed several church Elders and Pastors almost come to fisticuffs as they argued over the future of their church. The Senior Pastor had been stricken with Leukemia and though he faithfully fulfilled his duties many elders in the congregation thought it best to have him retire so they could get a healthy pastor to lead them. That faction had actually hired an Associate Pastor and were now pushing to have him become their leader. Others remained faithful to the Senior Pastor.
After the Friday evening service, all hell broke loose.
But what moved me most was the quiet faith displayed by the Senior Pastor that night. His gentle, prayerful demeanor in the midst of chaos is something I will never forget. Although his means of livelihood was in jeopardy, he had an unshakeable faith in God to pull him through.
In contrast, observing the dissenting Elders and the Associate Pastor, it was shocking to see their conniving eyes as they maneuvered through sheer violence to get their way.
God did not let his foot be moved. That Senior Pastor maintained his position at the church for another ten years until his retirement. To this day, he is one of my favorite servants of God whose example I will always try to emulate. He knew that God had brought him through all things. And so he had faith that night that God would bring him through that too.
So, whatever circumstances you are going through, look up to the hills where your help comes from. Your God who does not slumber will keep your life.