Well Worn Pages is a series of posts giving us a small window into a particular passage of Scripture that the author returns to time and time again for encouragement, comfort, or perspective. You can find these posts on the Journal on each Neighbourhood Church website. If you would like to contribute a post to this series, email content to firstname.lastname@example.org
I lift my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the 3LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
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 shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
This Psalm, especially the first two verses, always went with me as a kid. I remember looking up at the snow-capped mountains and the starry sky in wonder and thinking, “The God who created the galaxies and the mighty mountains is the God who helps me.” I was so incredibly blessed to, as a child, walk with the simple truth that the God of the universe cares for me.
As I grew into my teens, these couple of verses that had always been with me were the ones that carried me through the struggles I was experiencing for the first time—loss, doubt, and confusion about God’s plan for my life. I found overwhelming peace in knowing that God is God and I am not, and that God himself is my helper; I don’t need to worry. In fact, I am commanded not to worry (Matthew 12:22-23), and instead I can trust in God and all that he is.
Not until a few years ago did I venture into the rest of the Psalm. The last few years have been a time of transition for me, especially with friendships. I’ve come from the world of high school, where friendship happens with the people you see daily for ten months of the year, to a world of “young adulting,” where friendship requires a little more effort. There have been many times when I have longed for deep companionship with someone who will constantly be by my side. When I read further into this Psalm, God revealed to me the greatest companion I could ever have, and will always have, in Jesus.
While I still find deep rest in knowing God is sovereign and in control of my life, I have also come to find rest in his tender love in the person of Jesus, who is my closest friend and fiercest defender. While I rest, he protects me. While I walk, he holds my hand. I have peace in my soul because the God of the universe is my helper, and he is my keeper.