The Creator’s Providential Care
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121 (NKJV)
Mountains and hills symbolize strength, might, stability and resilience. And where else do I expect my help to come from, none other than the one who is above the mountains and the hills, the one who is the creator of the heaven and earth.
Our lives are full of dangers at every stage. There are physical dangers like diseases, injury, accidents, wars, natural calamities etc. More predominant nowadays are the economic dangers like that of loss of jobs, downsizing, debts, recession, etc. and then the spiritual dangers, those of sin, evil, corruption, doubts etc. In such times, the natural question that we may ask is, “From whence shall my help come?” Psalm 121 is a psalm about trusting in God’s providential care.
Who is there to help me? Not a relative, neighbour, learned men, but only the Lord, creator of heaven and earth. So, when the psalmist says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills”, he is not referring to the nature to help us, but in faith, to the very force behind the creation of the nature, the creator itself. The mountains and hills reflect the creator and so, the God who made these is much greater in the power and strength that these mountains display.
In times of troubles, we humans are prone to get dejected with long faces, facing downwards, looking at the ground as if broken, and without any hope. But this psalm gives us the hope that we need to look upwards and beyond these mountains, to our God who is not only our creator but also the provider. Our creator did not just create us and leave, He continues to care for us and provide for us in every situation of our lives. He is involved in every aspect of His creation, and this means, that nothing can happen to us outside of God’s will and providential care. What a reassurance !
So, why do I worry? In faith and with determination, I will continue to look up to the hills, from where my help will come !
Mrs. Sonia Daniel