King of the Mountains

King of the Mountains

Psalm 121 (NLT)

I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

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From biblical times, the religions of this world have sought out the high places to raise their altars and shrines of worship––a sort of religious game of “king on the mountain.” The one on the highest mountain must be the greatest.

In contrast, the place of worship for the Israelites during their 40 years of desert wandering between Egypt and the Promised Land was not on a far-away mountain, but at a tent called the tabernacle, because the greatest God of all desired to “camp out” with His people on their long and arduous journey.

This Psalm was sung by Jewish pilgrims as they ascended to Jerusalem to worship at the temple, but its message reminded them that their worship was not about the high place; it was about the God who made the high place––that He was right there beside them “like a protective shade.”

He hasn’t changed. The King of all the mountains dwells on none of them.

So if in your journey through life you have been guilty of seeking a god who is far off, or trusting in some surrogate to help you get through, you have been literally over-looking the One who is there to help you. He is, in fact, right next to you, so close you can touch Him, and so eager to meet you in your need that He never slumbers or sleeps!

Pray like this: Father God, thank You for offering me Your care. I confess that many times I have sought help in places and people who cannot provide it or do not want to. But today I declare that everything I need comes from You. I give You my life and everything I do today. In the name of Jesus, Amen!

Have a blessed day!

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