“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
He truly is our helper in times of need. Just as a father walks with his child, hand in hand, so our Heavenly Father walks hand in hand with His children. Psalm 121 goes on to say that He keeps our foot from stumbling and that He watches over us as we sleep (He never slumbers). He truly is a good, good Father.
I know that many of you are facing challenges; physical, financial, relational or even emotional. Although we do not always understand why we face these things, the one thing that I do know is that in every situation and through every trial He is good and that never changes. His goodness surrounds us through each step of our life’s journey.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.
As I was meditating this morning on God’s goodness I remembered when Moses asked God if He would show him His glory and God answers by saying,
And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.“Exodus 33:19
God’s glory is His goodness and His presence with us. We live in the grip of His grace and compassion which is among the many attributes of His goodness. We lack no good thing in His presence but rather have all that we will ever need. As we look to the Lord for our help we are like Moses who prayed, “Show me your glory…” We then receive His goodness, grace and compassion.
In Psalm 16:11 David sings these words,
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
David was no stranger to trials and challenges but he continually brought them to the Lord. Again and again he reminded his soul that all that he needed was to be found in his presence. There is such joy in His presence! Joy drowns out every want and every earthly care. We must take the time to stop and focus our eyes above rather than on the temporary trial that wants to demand our undivided attention. Fix your eyes on the Eternal One and just as the old hymn says “…the things of this Earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace”. Or should we say, “in the light of His goodness and grace”?
You can enter into His goodness in the midst of your trials. There is joy and goodness to be found right where you are. Often we think that joy is found in the solution to our problems when it really is found in His presence in the midst of our “problems”. Worry robs us of time in His presence where we find His goodness and joy. Look up because that is where your help, your joy and His glory comes from.
I will close with this short excerpt from the Matthew Henry Commentary (from Psalm 16:11),
“Heaven is an inheritance; we must take that for our home, our rest, our everlasting good, and look upon this world to be no more ours, than the country through which is our road to our Father’s house. Those that have God for their portion, have a goodly heritage. Return unto thy rest, O my soul, and look no further.”
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