Where Does Your Strength Come From?

There are days when it seems as though you have no strength at all. You know what you should be doing; you know what the demands are. You work to accomplish your tasks. Yet, instead of finally achieving the satisfaction of accomplishment, you are overtaken by weariness. Where will your help come from?

The psalmist must have experienced thoughts like these as he traveled to Jerusalem to worship. Psalm 121 records how he looked up at the hills surrounding him on his journey, he knew that he was vulnerable. On the journey up toward Jerusalem, the hills were full of foreboding—perhaps robbers and wild animals lurked among the shadows. The psalmist realized his weaknesses:

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—

where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD,

the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121

As he looks at the hills, he asks the obvious question—where does my help come from? Most likely the hills around him did not encourage him with thoughts of peace and comfort. Most likely he was not thinking of the natural beauty of the hills. As verse implies, he looks at the hills and asks where his help will come from when troubles threatens. Now you have something that directly connects you to the psalmist’s daily struggles.

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