Stumbling on the uneven sidewalk, the child looks up from her new position on the ground to search for help. Her eyes hunt around her in a pleading manner. Where will her help come from? In a similar vein the psalmist in today’s passage looks up to the hills and asks the very same question. “From where will my help come?” The type of help the psalmist searches for is someone who will offer guidance or protection. Like the child fumbling on the path, who will be your guide? Who will be your protector? In this case the psalmist immediately has an answer and a confession ready: “My help comes from the Lord.” The God who offers help is the one who created the heavens and the earth. We can have confidence knowing the God who keeps Israel is on the ready, like the parent who immediately rushes in to snatch up the child from her fallen position on the ground.
In times of distress, where do you turn for help? Do you immediately turn your eyes upward in a desperate plea? Do you turn to those around you and ask for help? The psalmist reminds not only himself but also those around him that the Lord is constant through all of life’s endeavors. So in this we can rely confidently on God. Not only is God’s protection offered in the present, but also in the future. “For the Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.”
Today ask yourself how you can be of help to those around you. In what way can you help those who “are no longer strangers and aliens” but cherished children of God? Ask God to give you eyes to see those in your community who feel as if they don’t have a helper, someone to guide and protect them. Extend the help God has promised to you and share it with others.
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