"I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth."

(Psalm 121: 1-2)

A group from church was discussing this verse of scripture on Sunday morning.

Have you ever wondered what David meant by this portion in the Bible? You see, David was in a stressful situation, desperate for help.

Indications are this Psalm was written when he was confronted by a superior army, and he was badly needing reinforcements...he was in a thick situation! But He knew from what direction his help would come. It would come from the people living beyond the mountain range.

The fact that he was "lifting up his eyes to the hills" indicated he was confident it was coming. He was just waiting expectantly for it.

You will find in this writing a fuller expression of confidence. Though his help would consist of an army coming from beyond the hills, he was fully aware that it was the Lord who was sending them. Therefore, he said, “My help comes from the Lord.”

We like he need help in three primary areas:

1. PROTECTION, verses. 5-6 — He is our Protector who “keeps” us as noted in verses 3,4, 5, 7,8.

2. GUIDANCE, verse. 3 — He will not allow His followers foot to slip.

3. BLESSING, verses. 5-6 —The language speaks of blessing. In the hot, arid desert shade is a blessing. It speaks, in summary, of all the blessings to follow.

David had need of the blessings of protection and guidance. Our Lord was in the process of giving both. However, from David’s perspective, there was no evidence of it. He waited expectantly for it in faith.

In our times of need, we can confidently anticipate the timely provisions of our Lord. They may not come as soon as we desire, but they never come too late.

He is faithful...always! Never forget that! Our God is on time, in time, every time.

Rafael Bastien-Herrera is a Selma resident and pastor/director of The Word Walk School of Ministry. He has a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry, and a M.DIV. in Theology. He is a Radio Bible Teacher on KGED AM 1680 in Fresno and KERI AM 1410 in Bakersfield. Please send questions to rbherrera@thewordwalk.org.