Psalm 121:1, 2 - Lift Up My Eyes Unto The Lord.

Psalm 121:1, 2 (NIV) I lift up my eyes to 
the mountains - where does my help come from? My 
help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and 


Psalm 121:1 portrays well the upward look - 
"Shall I lift up mine eyes to the hills?  from 
whence should my help come?  My help cometh from 
the Lord, which made heaven and earth."  The 
upward look of a mature man of God is not to the 
mountains which God has made, but to the God who made 
the mountains.  [Still Higher for His Highest by 
Oswald Chambers, Sept 17] 


   This morning I woke up to crazy headlines 
- again. Foreign wars and carnage. Refugees 
clamoring for safe haven. Political strife. Financial 
difficulties. Undercurrents of discontentment. I have been 
feeling as if I should chuck my phone straight out 
the window. Maybe that would make the crazy go 
   Instead, I have taken to reading the 
Psalms to still my soul. When it feels as if the 
world is plummeting like a rock toward the fiery 
pit, the Psalms always bring me back from the 
edge. They put everything back into perspective. 
The world has always been the world. Wild. 
Unpredictable. And broken. And Jesus has always been Jesus. 
Steadfast. Faithful. Powerful. The Psalms remind me of 
what is real. Verses such as Whoever dwells in 
the shelter of the Most High will rest in the 
shadow of the Almighty (91:1, NIV) and The 
angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear 
him, and he delivers them (34:7, NIV). The 
thing is  hope will never be found in the 
headlines. That is where fear and anger reside. 
Headlines were made to get us whipped up. They 
unsettle us, making us doubt the goodness in the 
world we live in. But the truth of Jesuss Word 
 His holy truth  is meant to anchor us 
with peace. To still our beating hearts in the 
midst of the storm. To lift our heads and get us 
focused on the One who is truly good  and then 
some. The One who is in charge and loves us most 
of all. That would be Jesus. by Susanna Foth 
   Faith Step: This morning as you read the 
days headlines, take a moment to change them into 
prayers. Pray for the hope of Jesus to permeate and 
change our broken world with His love. [Mornings 
With Jesus 2020 Devotional by Guideposts and 


   I pray because Im helpless.
   A Friend whom I deeply trust told me 
that, so I believe Him. He said, Without Me you 
can do nothing. (John 15:5). 
   As Im writing this the west coast of 
the US is ablaze. Over a million acres has 
burned in the beautiful state of Oregon where I 
grew up. Thirty-five dead thus far. Hundreds of 
thousands are in varying degrees of flight from their 
homes. And that doesnt count Washington and 
California. As much as my heart aches for my friends 
there, I can do nothing about it. 
   Except pray.
   In many cities in our fair land you do 
not dare go out of your house after dark.  
   Chaos. Arson. Shootings. Uncivilized 
unrest. This is not the nation I grew up in. And I 
can do nothing about it. 
   Except pray.
   A new hurricane is preparing to roar 
ashore in the Gulf of Mexico. Thats near where 
some of our grandkids live. Were concerned for 
their safety but we can do nothing about it. 
   Except pray.
   I could go on, but Im not detailing 
something you dont know about. In my more than  
of a century of watching Ive never seen 
anything like it. There are no matches anywhere in 
our history. Its never been like this before. 
Just watching the evening news can give you a 
profound sense of helplessness. 
   Except we can pray. 
   To say thats all we can do is like 
saying that all we have to breathe is air; its 
all we need.  
   But, brother Don, dont be naive; 
its a scary time. It is, but He has promised to 
be our Peace. Even when it gets nasty, you 
can trust Me, He assures us. But did you see 
the pictures of those fires? I did. And those 
three Hebrew teens saw them, too. Like, up close. 
But the hurricanes  Yes, and remember, our 
Friend is Master of the storms. 
   Good people get hurt, too. Believers lose 
their property, too. Christians die in every war; 
even Jesus. Were all participants in this 
great controversy. Thats why the Book says we 
are saved by hope. We know who wins; we 
know which side were on. Soon the pain will be 
over and the future will be matchless. [By Don 
Jacobsen; NAD Prayer Ministries] 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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