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From Where Does My Help Come?

Have you ever had a time when the hills of life appear to be the source of your affliction? As you look at the circumstances before you, they appear to loom large enough to even blot out the sun?! I remember one such season when my husband was between jobs. It was beyond hard. The lack of provision pricked my planner’s heart, wooing me to a place of panic. I couldn’t sleep. I grew terse in my communication with him and I placed an undue expectation on him to remove the mountain of debt we faced. Somewhere during that seemingly desert season, the Truth of the matter surfaced in my time with the Lord.

Sidebar: As so many of my friends know, I L-O-V-E my One Year Bible! God’s Word is alive and active and relevant in every season and circumstance. Test the Person of Truth and see! I have read the same passages on the same days for over 20 years and yet if I stop long enough to let the Lord, the Word of God, speak, I am stunned time and time again by the timeliness of His revelatory Word!

Well, there just so happens to be a verse written by King David that spoke to the heaviness of that moment:

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:2

What I love about this verse, is that the hills are not David’s source of help, nor are they his hindrance – they just are – simply hills. But as he faces them, he asks himself, “From whence does my help come?”

There is no pause and no hesitation, but a quick reply of this:

My Help comes from the Lord,

The Maker of heaven and earth.

(Title caps are mine : )

I love to capitalize the titles of the Lord as His names are essential reminders of Who He is and what He does!

HE is my Helper.

HE is my Maker

That resume alone is a foundational anchor that spurs me to look beyond the mountain looming in the distance to see and trust my Source of Help!

He is:

– My God who has a trustworthy plan – Proverbs 16:9

– My God who has perfect timing – Ecclesiastes 8:6

– My God who watches over me - Psalm 121:5

– My God who will not slumber – Psalm 121:3

– My God who protects me - Psalm 121:7

– My Way Maker – Isaiah 43:19

– My Miracle Worker – Matthew 19:36

– My Promise Keeper – Isaiah 55:11

– My Light in the Darkness – John 1:5

– Yes, He is My God Who can move the mountains in my life!!! - Mark 11:23

You see when I look back to that difficult season in our family, I can see clearly that Markel never was or ever will be the provider for our family – that is the position and title of our Father God, Jehovah Jireh! He alone is the only One worthy to be trusted to plan, protect, guide and provide! My husband is simply a beautiful bonus!

Father God, our eyes might look to the hills but we don’t even need to ask the question, “From whence does my help come?”, because we already know The One who created the hills, the maker of heaven and earth! Our Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper and Light in the Darkness! Yes, you are our God who can move the mountains in our lives and we proclaim our trust in You to do so in your perfect timing. Calm our hearts in the wait and remind us with the tangible Truths of your faithfulness. We love you Father and Jesus, our Person of Peace, we rely on your peace to calm our hearts when a seeming lack of provision in our lives might prick our heart to fear. I praise you, Jesus, that your perfect love casts out all fear. Even though nothing may change in our view master of life, Holy Spirit, you comfort our hearts with your counsel. Be edified and glorified as we rest in you, Father God, as our Source of security…the One who has the divine ability to move mountains!

A worship song proclaiming the names of our great God!

Waymaker by Madelyn Berry

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger from Pexels


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