Psalms 121:1-2 NKJV
I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord , Who made heaven and earth.
The natural geography of Jerusalem which had it surrounded by hills (Psalm 125:2) made it an almost impregnable fortress. Its peculiar landscape gave the city clear military advantage as it made it difficult for enemies to invade.
It is to this natural advantage of fortifying hills that the Psalmist instinctively turns to when he needed help. Like the Psalmist, we also tend to turn to physical, natural advantages when we are confronted with a need in our lives.
The house where we live for instance is on the border of a housing estate and our rear fence is right next to a very dense bush. For many weeks after we moved in, we just like the Psalmist instinctively thought of our unusually high fence topped with two layers of concertina razor wire as ‘our security’.
We must learn however that hills and fences offer no real security. When our minds turn by reflex to our fences; our money; our pastors; our bottles of oil and mantles; our myriad other ‘advantages’; we must learn like the Psalmist to pull back and ask the most important question, “where does my help actually come from?”.
The right answer of course is that our help doesn’t come from the hills but from “the Lord which made heaven and earth”. Our help is not in the hills but in He who made the hills.
When we look to the hills for help, we put God in a box. While the hills may help against invaders, they can not escort us to preserve us in our going out and coming in. The hills, money, spiritual personalities and paraphernalia cannot not offer the constant presence that the Lord alone offers.
Our help comes from the Lord.