Day One: My Strength Comes from God

Psalm 121:1-2 (MSG)

I look up to the mountains;
    does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
    who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.

“During the time this psalm was written and sung, Palestine was overrun with popular pagan worship.  Much of this religion was practiced on hilltops.  Shrines were set up, groves of trees were planted, sacred prostitutes both male and female were provided; persons were lured to the shrines to engage in acts of worship that would enhance fertility of the land, would make you feel good, would protect you from evil.” [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, p. 40]

Psalm 121 gives us a snapshot of a Jewish sojourner on the way to Jerusalem. He or she may look up and see the majestic mountains littered with idols and pagan statues, and be tempted to wonder if there is another way to live, another source of strength.  But the answer is “No!”  A look to the hills for help will always end in disappointment.  The Lordis our strength and we look to him alone.

Have you ever grown weary on your faith journey, or felt like there may be another better way to live this life?

Why is it important to remember that God “made heaven, earth, and mountains?”

As you close in prayer, ask God to help you fix your eyes on him.  He alone is our help and source of strength.

– GW