Psalms 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help?My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and the earth.
Greetings to all beloved readers in the matchless name of our lord Jesus Christ.
I was deeply burdened in my spirit on 17th May afternoon, when I was asking lord many questions which made me worried and tensed. I opened my bible and started reading Psalms 121. I kept on reading it again and again and asked my lord what I should do ? Because there were lots of things which was making my heart heavy. And I could hear my lord speaking to me only two words “Look up”. Still, I was unable to understand it. I kept on asking god, ‘what I should do ?’ Again he said “Look up”. And I lifted up my eyes up and my lord poured his grace upon this worthless servant and removed the burden of my heart… And after I received his word, I realized that I was actually looking around and not up. My heart was burdened because I was looking around- and not up… yes! My help comes from the Lord. I have a full assurance in Christ that he will also pour out the power and grace to all those who are going through the same situation.
Psalms 121 is the continuation of Psalms 120… In psalms 120 we see that David was in distress. In other words, he was down in spirit & that’s why he was crying for a deliverance of his soul from lying and deceitful lips. He cried unto the lord. He did not cry in front of anyone. He was longing for god, because he knew that he only could save his soul from the distress. Do we cry unto god in distress? Or do we look around for some joy? We sometimes look around when we feel down, like me who was looking around to get some peace, but god taught me a very sweet lesson. In times of distress, don’t look around but look up. Ps 34:6, ‘ this poor man cried and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.’
Ps 121 begins with confident words of David…
He says, ‘ I will’ & not ‘ I may’. This means he was fed up of looking around. So he decided to “.. lift up my eyes unto the hill”. God is promoting people who says “I WILL”. God is calling someone who says “I will”. Simon Peter left his boat and net. This shows his ‘will’. Even prodigal son said, ‘ I will get to my father.’ Helps comes from above when u take a firm decision that “I will not look anywhere else. Instead I will look up”. Man is dependant. There is a saying “you can draw picture if there is a wall”. i.e we need a base to perform, without which we are unable to do anything but god do not need a base if he can fill the empty earth he is able to fill us . I am not saying that you should say ‘NO’ to your brethren, but putting our entire base or trust on men is a sin. There are some areas when we go helpless. It is better to put trust in the lord than in men.
I want to glean some truth about some people from the bible who looked up. Jesus is the best example I can give you. John 11:41 says, ‘then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said “Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me.” ’ Remember, Jesus was in flesh when he wept, but he used his divine power when he called Lazarus out of the tomb. He was in flesh but he was also a god. If Jesus lifted up his eyes to the heaven, then how much more you and me must do it? I believe Jesus was setting an example by lifting his eyes up to the heavens in front of people and both sisters because they all were looking at the situation. Martha was worried about the number of days already passed after her brother died.
Jesus was showing us what we should do and where we should look when we are facing such circumstances. He lifted up his eyes and thanked father. But unfortunately we don’t look up. We look how deep our situations are. We give our ears and our mind to our situations and come to wrong conclusions. Joseph was cast into the pit. In his initial stage, god wanted him to learn that when you are cast into a pit, you cannot look around but only look up. Why were his dreams not shattered ? It’s because he had learned to look up from that pit experience. Why does some of our dreams get shattered ? It’s because our eyes are not focused up… ‘Jesus lifted his eyes up’. Let’s do the same when the problems of the world and the devil is against us…Let us also look up…If you are not getting answers, do not look around but look up. If your company is not treating you well, do not look at the management but look up. If your family is not caring about you, don’t talk against them but look up. When there is nobody to look after you, don’t look around but look up. See the second sentence of the prayer “Father, I thank thee”. He was not complaining. In fact, he was giving thanks. The most important thing you must understand by this is that when u look up, do not grumble or complain for what you are going through but thank the lord because he is aware of what you are going through…You don’t need to tell him how deep your situation is. Some folks think that god is unaware of what they are going through but he who keeps Israel never sleeps nor slumbers. The second most important thing to notice in the prayer is “thou hath heard me”. We sometimes ask god by wavering between two opinions. But those who ask must believe that he has received.
Let us learn from Jesus. He was facing a huge crowd, a tomb, a dead situation and his loving family members of Mary and Martha. But he didn’t look at any of them. He lifted his eyes up. He was actually teaching us as to what we should do in such circumstances. Look up, do not grumble, give thanks and believe that he is worthy.
Devil took Jesus on a pinnacle of the temple and told him to cast himself down. Next, he took him to a high mountain and showed him the kingdom of world around. Devil always wants you to look down and around. He will try all his schemes not to allow you to look up. I remember the time when we were in need of money for the rent. We were short of 1000 dirhams and we had only one day left. I am not saying that because of our prayers, god provided for us…But he knew our situation very well.
There are many blessings for which we never prayed, but yet we received the answers from god.
Next day morning, god spoke to one of the brothers of our church, who had came back home after a night duty for a rest. God told him to get up from the bed and give 1000 bucks to pastor. He came running to our house and handed over what exactly we needed…There are many more testimonies which I would like to share…
God is true to his name – Jehovah Yireh. We don’t know what will happen next, but when we are up to the brim, we see the miracle of his hands. I have seen god sending angels in form of our brethrens and people whom we have never met before. Surely our help comes from our lord.
‘Abraham rose up early in the morning and took bread and bottle of water and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder.’ (Genesis 21:14) Always remember! Men’s help will be a burden on your shoulders. By this incident, god taught me some good lessons…Let me put it in this way… Abraham’s help shows the help from men. Let us differentiate men’s help (Abraham) from God’s help. Abraham gave Hagar bread and water but it was all over in the midst of her journey. But god opened for her a fountain of water forever. Abraham’s help made Hagar cry over child. God’s help cheered up Hagar. Abraham’s help was for some time but god’s help was forever. Men do not know what you need but god only knows what exactly you need. Abraham helped and then he forgot her, but god remembered her…She lifted her eyes into the wilderness for little water, but she couldn’t find any. But god opened her eyes to see what was already prepared for her and her child.
Even Joseph in the prison looked around for a help and requested chief butler to remember him but he did not remember him. What would have happened if that chief butler remembered Joseph ? He would have never reached the king and would never be a minister. His help was not from the palace, nor from around but his help was from above.
Acts 1:9-11 ‘And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they look steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven , shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.’
Our eyes must be still on Jesus who was lifted up into heaven. If there is any change in the focus, we will not be seen in his kingdom, because Heb 12:2 says, ‘ Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…’ He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last, alpha and omega.
Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Lift your eyes to the heavens because your help comes from the lord, not from men.
God bless you with this Rhema