“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.” Psalm 121:1-2, NKJV
I was absent-mindedly watching out the window as I peddled a stationary bike . . . going nowhere except in my mind. As I stared out the window looking over the tops of trees and roofs, I could imagine rolling hills just under a layer of billowy clouds. And if I REALLY overworked my imagination, I could picture mountain peaks peeking through the clouds. Unfortunately, I live in flat lands with barely an incline. One certainly would not get a nosebleed climbing in these parts.
Those of you who look out your windows at real mountains, I will try to not be envious. But since I barely have hills where I live, something else popped into my head. God says to look to the hills, or mountains for our help. Does help come from either of those options or higher up?
According to a Bible commentary, many assume the hills refer to the mountains of Jerusalem where the sanctuary sits. Others consider the hills as the mountains of Palestine where idol worship was common practice. As the children of Israel journeyed to festivals, they looked up at these hills singing the questions, “Shall I lift up mine eyes to the hills? Whence should my help come?”
They knew the answer. Their help came from the God of heaven. Jeremiah 3:23 says, “Surely the idolatrous, commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception; surely in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.”