Daily Lenten Devotion Monday, March 4th

Monday, March 4, 2013 – Psalm 121; Jeremiah 7:1-15; Romans 4:1-12 and John 7:14-36

1  I lift up my eyes to the hills —
from where will my help come?
2   My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

3   He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4   He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5   The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6   The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7   The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8   The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and for evermore.

Whenever I read or hear the opening lines of Psalm 121 I am transported to the days of my youth, when I could lift my eyes unto the Rockies and see the splendor of God’s handiwork. The best days were when I could get up into the Rockies and either camp with my family; dad, mom, Larry and Beth and our dog Pixi or go backpacking with my best friend Alan and a couple of other good friends.

I give thanks that these days find me in the Ozarks where I can once again lift my eyes to the hills. Difference is that you drive up into the Rockies and down into the Ozarks, at least from Springfield, MO.

When the Israelites recited this Psalm, they were looking up into the hills not because that is where God dwelt, but wondering if their enemies were approaching. Sort of like the people going west in our own country might have wondered if hostile Indians were hiding in the hills around them. (Just as a side note, not all Indians were hostile, even though this is how they are portrayed in a lot of western movies/shows. Many were a great help to the “white man” as we moved westward or even settled these United States.)

As we continue our journey through Lent unto Holy Week and Easter, may we know that our “help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”

May you find an occasion today to lift your eyes unto the hills (or God’s creation of the plains if that is where you find yourself) and know that God is with you, watches over you and wants to guide you through this day and all the days of your life.

O God, thanks for always watching over us and being there for us. As we continue our journey through Lent, headed towards your crucifixion and your resurrection, may we keep our heart and eyes fixed upon you, for you are our Creator, our Lord and the Sustainer. Amen.

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