131020 Psalm 121:1,2,8

Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 Written by Pastor Schmidt

Sermon Text: Psalm 121:1,2,8
Sermon Theme: Where Does My Help Come From?

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth...
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Who are you able to turn to when you need help? I asked that question during our Chapel Service this past Friday and the students gave many of the answers that you would expect them to give: policemen, firemen, doctors, nurses, parents, grandparents, teachers and so on. But what about turning to the LORD for help? Is asking the Lord for help something that you and I typically do as our first option? Or, is turning to the Lord our final step, only after we have tried to get help from someone or something else? Today, God's Word before us from Psalm 121 gives you and me the answer to the question: "Where does my help come from?"

The writer of Psalm 121 was looking for help. We read, "I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?" Was the writer simply looking to "the hills", or to nature for help? At first glance it may appear that way. But it is important to remember that the city of Jerusalem was built on the top of Mount Zion. In Jerusalem, King David's son, Solomon, built the first temple for the Lord. So, in the Bible, Mount Zion is often times referred to as the dwelling place, or the home, of the Lord. In Isaiah chapter 2 we read, "Many peoples will come and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.' The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." And in Psalm 20 King David writes, "May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion."

The writer of Psalm 121 knows that there is only One who is able to help him. We read, "I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD..." The One that the Psalmist turns to for help is the one and only true God; the Savior-God; the God of faithful love and mercy. He turns to the LORD who made and kept the promise of sending mankind a Savior. He is also the Almighty Lord God who is "the Maker of heaven and earth..." Where does my help come from? The writer of Psalm 121 is confident that his loving and almighty LORD is the one who is watching over him day after day. It is the Lord who will be with him during his life now. It is the Lord who will see him safely to heaven. As we read in the final verse of Psalm 121, "the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

Now, let's take a moment to ask ourselves the question: "Where does my help come from?" All of us here this morning will have to confess that we are guilty of not first turning to the One who can truly help us. Before we go to the Lord, we may try to find help from other people. We may try to find help from drugs or from alcohol. Not turning to the Lord for help is really a sinful lack of trust that the Lord is able to or that he is willing to help us. Because of that sin, because of all of our sins and our sinfulness, you and I know that we don't deserve the Lord to help us in any way.

Yet, we remember just how much the Savior-God loves you and me. God the Father kept his promise and sent his one and only Son, Jesus, to pay in full the price for your sins and mine. Jesus willingly gave up his body and shed his blood for your forgiveness and mine. It is God the Holy Spirit who has placed faith in Jesus as our one and only Savior in your heart and mine. "Where does my help come from? Because of Jesus, you and I are able to join with the Psalmist in answer to that question, "My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth...the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

These verses from God's Word have a special message of comfort for us, the members of St. Matthew's. As you have heard us talk about for some time now, we have a problem. That problem is that our currently facilities and the lack of space on this campus are holding back our ministry efforts. As we discuss our plans for the future, perhaps we find ourselves wondering, maybe even fearful, of what the future holds for our congregation. It is at times such as these, that you and I are able to turn to sections of God's Word like Psalm 121, and hear the reminder that the Almighty Lord, the maker of heaven and earth, is still the Almighty Lord of the Church who "will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." What all will take place here at St. Matthew's in the months and years to come? I don't have all the answers. I do know that true Word of God will continue to be proclaimed in each of our worship services and taught in each one of our Bible classes. I know that we will continue to make teaching the wonderful message of God's Word to the next generation a very important part of congregation's ministry. I know that we will reach out eagerly to others with the Good News about Jesus our Savior. Trusting in the Lord's promises, as a congregation we will move forward in whatever direction he may lead us with the comfort that "he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." Or, if you will allow me to change the wording just slightly: "indeed, he who watches over St. Matthew's will neither slumber nor sleep."

Where does my help come from? There are lots of different people that the Lord uses to bring us help when we need it. The help that we receive from others is a tremendous blessing for us. But, you and I know that true and lasting help, eternal help, can only come from the One who made us and made us his own through the blood of Jesus our Savior. Along with the Psalmist, each one of here this morning says, "I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth...the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." Amen.

 

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