Going Deeper 10-16-19

The Psalm for Pentecost 19…

Psalm 121  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 forevermore.

 

This is the perfect Psalm after spending time in the beauty of the mountains.  I have always felt more relaxed and peaceful, even more spiritual, when surrounded by the splendor of creation.  Away from the hustle and bustle of the “real” world, I can more easily focus not only on creation, but also on the Creator.

 

“From where will my help come?”  Is there anything among the trials and tribulations of this life too big for our Creator?  Again, we are talking about “the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”  This divine, transcendent, all-powerful God is our Abba-Father, who loves us more than we can comprehend.  We do well to learn to trust God!

 

Does that mean we will never face adversities?  Of course not.  But even in the midst of illness, heartbreak, even tragedy, we can find solace in knowing that our Father can makes all things work together for good, according to His purpose.  And we can also know that all pain and suffering are temporary for God’s children, who have been promised an eternity of wholeness and peace when we leave this beautiful yet horribly broken world.

 

“I lift up my eyes to the hills…” and remember that above it all reigns the Lord who knows my name,

 

With You in His Love,

 

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington, Colorado

 

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”