I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does 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.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on 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 forth and forevermore. Psalm 121 ESV
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O Lord. Psalm 36:5-6 ESV
In the movie The Sound of Music the von Trapp family is trying to get away from the Nazis in Austria. They are afraid that the father, Captain von Trapp, will have to serve an evil government in a war. The whole family decides to make their escape from the country over the mountains. Before they go, they remember Psalm 121, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?” The von Trapp family trusted God to help them, and they also knew that the mountains were God’s creation and that the mountains would hide them and be a barrier from the Nazis when they got over them.
It can be comforting to look at the power and beauty of God’s world when we are in trouble and need help. We know that God is the creator of everything that there is in the universe, and that such a powerful and good and wise God is able to help us in our need. Psalm 121 says that God never sleeps. We can see that his world goes on, day and night, and we know that God is always preserving and keeping his creation going. He is always there to hear our prayers and to answer them.
Sometimes when we look at nature we see death and disease and disaster, and we know that something isn’t right. God’s creation has been spoiled by sin. Sin brings bad things into God’s world, and it brings bad things into our lives. It brings separation between us and God. But God sent us the help we needed in our greatest problem of sin and death. He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us and to be our Savior. We can look at nature and sometimes see the goodness and power of God, but to see God’s love and forgiveness we look at Jesus, and know that the Lord has done everything to keep us from evil and to keep our life safe with him.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your wonderful creation, and for sending us Jesus, our wonderful Savior. In His Name, Amen.
Wise, Robert dir. The Sound of Music 20th Century Fox, 1965. Film.