Eyes Lifted Toward the Father’s House

Read: Psalm 121:1-8

“I lift up my eyes to the hills —from where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

A young man was tired of life. Surrounded by difficulties which to him seemed insurmountable he turned to his closet friend and said “I have looked to the left, and I have looked to the right, but I can find no help.” To which his friend replied, “Why don’t you try the upward look?”

The upward look: How often we forget it. In days of trial and trouble we often find ourselves giving way to the faithless worry, as though we had no Father in the Father’s house above. Frantically we scan the horizontal horizons for help and forget that the first pleading glance of the troubled Christian must always be the vertical look toward heaven.

Frequently it is in the school of affliction that the eyes of the Christian are trained heavenward. This was particularly true of King David, the man who wrote the words quoted at the top of the meditation. The life of David was filled with tragedy. The words of the hymn writer, “I walk in danger all the way” could be applied to David more than to the lives of most of us. On more than one occasion he had come within an inch of death. Only after long and bitter days in the dungeon of adversity did he learn to say with unwavering confidence, “I lift up my eyes to the hills —from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

We should learn to do and say that. In every day of trouble let’s remember that we have a Father in the Father’s house to whom we can go with every hurt, every fear, and every sorrow. We know that for Jesus’ sake our Father loves us.

My Jesus, as Thou wilt. All shall be well with me;
Each changing future scene I gladly trust with Thee.
Thus to my home above I travel calmly on
And Sing in life and death, My Lord, Thy will be done.

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.