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Lenten Devotion 25 3.25.2020

Many times, we, like the Psalmist, wonder if God is really involved in our lives. We wonder
where God is when we are in our most troubled times. Our faith waivers. But while the
Psalmist frequently asks God about God’s whereabouts in troubled times, the Psalmist
always ends with a statement of trust and praise. There is one Psalm that is all about trust
and praise. It is one that we can offer when we can’t seem to summon the words on our
own. This one gives me peace.
Psalm 121
A Song of Ascents.
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.
When trouble comes or when we are afraid, where do we turn? The Psalmist turns to the
hills. The hills, or high places, are where the Psalmist’s help can be found. The Bible is full of
hills and high places. Mt. Sinai is where Moses received the law. On top of a mountain Jesus
was transfigured. These are the thin places where God is near and transforms our lives.
We certainly are in troubling times just now. How do we get to the hills where we can get
some help from God? Well, the Psalmist just lifts his eyes. Maybe we can look out our
windows, or stand in our yards, or remember a high place we visited once in our lives.
There we will find the one who does not sleep. The one who guards us and our world. The
one who protects us from the elements. The one who delivers us from evil. The one who ​
keeps us sane. The one who is there all the time – from this time on and forever more. We
surely can trust God, even on troubled times.

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