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.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Psalm 121:1–3 NASB

The psalmist looks at the mountains in their majesty and grandeur, and then he asks a question, “From whence shall my help come?” He is not expecting his help to come from the mountains. They serve, however, to remind him of the One who created the mountains and the seas and the whole earth. He realises that this Creator is also his Helper. The magnitude and grandeur of the visible creation provide him with a standard by which to measure the divine resources that are personally available to him.

At times we, too, need to contemplate the might and the marvels of creation and to apply the psalmist’s lesson to ourselves. This Creator is also our Keeper. Day and night He watches over us and upholds us. He never falls asleep.

I once watched a little boy being carried on his father’s arm, and I noticed how tightly he clutched his father’s lapel. After a while, however, he fell asleep and his hand slipped away from the lapel. Yet his father continued to hold him just as securely. The boy’s security did not depend on his holding onto his father, but only on his father keeping hold of him. So it is in our relationship with God.

Sometimes we feel that if we do not hold on tightly enough to God, we will fall. But the fact is that God continues to hold us, even if we let go of Him. We may fall asleep, but He never does.

Faith’s Response

Whether I am weak or strong, awake or asleep, I thank You, Lord, that You uphold me just the same.

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