“Help?” - March 31, 2020
“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2
Help. We are all looking for some help in these times. Help for coping with all the upheaval around us because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Help for getting through this profoundly different way of living. Help for staying balanced and keeping fear of the unknown, general anxiety and restlessness at bay. Help for those who are or know a Covid-19 victim. Help for the grieving when there’s been a death. Help for those who have to be in public and especially those taking care of us all through medical facilities and hospitals.
The poet in Psalm 121 is on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship God. It was a long, hard and fearsome journey. Lots to overcome. The physical demands, the mental demands, the climate, the terrain, the stress, the fear of thieves and robbers waiting in the caves ready to ambush you at any moment.
On this journey, there were many reasons to lose heart. But the poet says, “I lift my eyes to the mountains and where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
In the midst of all the temptations it’s almost as if the psalm writer is giving himself a little pep-talk: I know the strong temptations to lose heart out here but I’m sticking with God. I’m sticking with the God who made all things and who now still sees me through the journey.
Despite our challenging times, you and I can follow the poet’s lead in looking to God for our help. Through God’s Spirit we too can say, I’m sticking with the God who made all things and sees us through the journey. I’m sticking with the one who in love sent his one and only Son, Jesus Christ to this world. I’m sticking with the one who through the cross and the empty Easter tomb provides us with the most solid and reliable help we could ever imagine.
For now. For evermore.
PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: Lord, help me to know that your help is always available. Help me to set aside fear and frustration. Help me to embrace your love in Jesus Christ. Help me to be a help to anyone who needs it. Amen.