I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. – Psalm 121 (NIV}
It is generally accepted that the familiar words of Psalm 121 were written by King David, but there is some difference of opinion among Bible scholars as to the Psalm’s setting. Some say it is the field of battle and some believe it refers to dangers faced by travelers at the time.
Whether this verse is a cry from a soldier in combat hoping for reinforcements to appear on the horizon, or from a vulnerable traveler scanning the high ground in fear of being attacked by brigands, the emphasis is on the source of help, “My help comes from the LORD.”
Although situations have changed from Old Testament days, believers are still in peril as we go through cultural and spiritual battles.
Many believers are tempted to look to the government to save us, but pinning one’s hopes on the politicians in Washington D.C., a certain party or candidate, is doomed to disappointment. While it is good for Christians to be involved and politically active, it is vitally important to remember where our focus should be, individually and as a nation; OUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD.