The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.” vs. 8Psalm 121
If we were to list our psalms of comfort, this one would probably rank near the top. This psalmist understood God, and he was able to provide a metaphor that describes the ever-vigilant nature of God better than any other. He writes, “I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Those of us blessed to live by mountains understand how good it is to have them as constant sentinels in our going out and our coming in. Decades pass, cities come and go, but the mountains are always there, never-changing through the years (at least to our eyes), a comforting, solid presence. That’s how it is with the Lord, the Rock of our salvation! Every day we go out into our uncertain changing world, and every evening we return. Our homes can change, growing larger through our early years, and then smaller as we learn the joy of downsizing. We all change, vigorous at first and then declining as the years take a toll. At the last our going out may be limited to a slow ride in a wheelchair to the dining room of our care center. Our circumstances inexorably change, but like the mountains our Lord remains constantly present, our help in ages past and our hope for years to come.
Thought for the Day: What do mountains symbolize for me?