Help from God

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip . . . The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life.” Psalm 121:1-7 NIV

Famed photographer Ansel Adams realized the impact mountains can have. He commented that they speak “in silence to the very core of your being,” no matter how sophisticated we may be. We can be overwhelmed just by their sight.

Mountains have provided inspiration for people throughout history. They have been particularly associated with religion and a quest for God. Reflecting on this perspective, composer Alan Hovhaness once wrote, “Mountains are symbols, like pyramids, of man’s attempt to know God. Mountains are symbolic meeting places between the mundane and spiritual worlds.”

Many ancient cultures made mountains a focus of worship. Hindus often built temples on hills while animists believed that hills were spiritual beings.

In the Bible, hills were places of idol worship. Like many other kings, Ahaz “sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills” (2 Kings 16:4). But mountains also were places where God spoke to His people. For example, God revealed Himself to the Israelites on Mount Sinai and gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

The sight of mountains can inspire awe and wonder. But the Bible warns us not to place our hope in these mountains (or any other created thing). We always need to look to God, for He created the mountains, as well as all Heaven and earth.

In your life, remember to keep your eyes on the Lord! Trust in Him, not in mountains or armies, nations or even other people. He watches over you night and day. He will protect you, no matter where you go or what you do.


Prayer: Father, today I place my trust in You. I am so grateful that You never slumber or sleep. Thank You for watching over me, at night or during the day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.