I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and for evermore.
Do I have help? Can I believe and pray this song of higher ground?
Often, we take the images of the psalms for granted. They have been re-offered in our hymns and spiritual songs to the point that we can now say them without the heart to pray them. For example: I hear and sing that my help is coming, yet when I am in the low land my eyes do not lift to the hills in the expectation of seeing my help coming from Yahweh.
But, this psalm’s words are true. Yahweh is steadfast and ever watchful, even as I lay to rest. So, I pray common prayers and ask, O Lord, that You lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from all evil. Keep my life. Keep my days my nights, years and eternity. For You who made heaven and earth are my shield and my shade.
” I lift my eyes to the hills, for my help is coming”