Why Worry?

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 earth.
-Psalm 121:1-2

Psalm 121 was written with travelers in mind.

It was written for pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem for one of its three annual festivals.

And though I have never been to Jerusalem, a dear friend who studied there a semester in preparation for his doctorate assures me you can feel confident of the exact location where this psalm was written.

The surrounding hills that the psalmist lifts his eyes up to, symbolizing the places of worship of other foreign deities, the precarious rocks on the path and the places of shade and darkness around each bend, makes it easy to identify the geographic location where this was most likely written.

It isn’t necessary to know this for the meaning to be full-filled. But knowing this does fill it a bit fuller.

If the God of this psalm could be trusted for all the dangers present on the travelers’ path,

-worship of foreign, less pleasant deities overhead and all around,
-hazardous hiking conditions for miles and miles ahead,
-wild, fierce predators looking for a meal,
-opportunistic robbers and vandals

can’t He be trusted for the ongoing minutia of our lives?

The Bible assures us that He takes great care over us, numbering the hairs on our heads (Mt 10; Lk 12) and watching over even sparrows He’s filled our skies with (Mt 10).

How can we worry?

We are but travelers too. Sojourners here, in a strange land. One day we will reach our eternal home (Hb 4).

But until then, take heart-

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.

The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.

The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

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