Look To You
1 A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
There have been some days that have brought me into a place of desolation. A place where I wanted to leave, but couldn’t find it in myself to get out. A place where I knew what to do, but it felt that in everything I could do, it wouldn’t work. A place where I felt no hope, saw no one, did nothing, and couldn’t move. A place of despair, a place of unwanting, a place of unworthiness, a place of chaotic solitude…a place of not going and a place of no return. A place where the valley would have seemed like a mountain; yes, this place was no where to visit. If you are real with yourselves, some of you have been to this place before, some of you are still in this place and some of you are just walking out of this place. But to all of you I would like to say that this place IS made to be a temporary place. You can’t stay in this place, but what you can do is look up.
The very popular song by the late Whitney Houston (with the same title) mentions some things this world may bring in our faces. It tells of running from this place to that, making decisions, suffering, but most importantly, it tells of an undying love God has for us. When we look to God, we are making an acknowledgment that He has us in His hands. Looking up is a position that gives the one looking up a servant role to the one looking down. It signifies that they have rule over us, we respect the person in their position and we submit to their authority. It’s okay to submit your authority, but make sure you KNOW who you are giving it to. David exclaims that MY HELP is the same that made heaven and earth (v 2). David says He will not let things hurt me and will not sleep (v3), He will protect you with His right hand (v5), and He will keep you forever (v8). Yes, David said all these things, but his position was to look up to God.
Whatever the situation maybe today, learn that you have a place in God’s eyes, His thoughts, and His heart. He has known you from the beginning of the world and His love for you has been demonstrated by sending His Son to die for you. All He wants from us is to trust Him with our lives. He has never failed us even when we have failed him. Looking up is showing God that we have no one or nothing else to turn to; we need His help. Look up to God and receive His love.