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September 09, 2020: Where Do You Look For Help? - Pastor Scott Thornton

Updated: Sep 29

Lectionary Reading for Wednesday, September 9, 2020:


Psalm 121; Exodus 13:1-10; Matthew 21:18-22

OR Psalm 119:65-72; Leviticus 16:1-5, 20-28; Matthew 21:18-22


[1] I look up to the hills,

but where does my help come from?

[2] My help comes from the LORD,

who made heaven and earth.

Psalms 121:1-2 (NCV)


We are right in the thick of an election year. I meet so many Christians who have great concerns about our country and the election. I hear it every four years. Many church goers in America believe that our freedom, morality, safety and even Judeo-Christian values are at risk of survival unless their particular party and/or politician is elected.


Unfortunately we often look to the wrong places for help. In today's lectionary reading of Psalm we see that the writer says that he looks up to the hills. Sometimes we will even look up to Capitol Hill. Like the Psalmist, it is easy to do. Often when we look at our "hills" we see things we don't like. It was the same way for the Psalmist. As the writer would look up to the hills he would see the idols and places of worship of pagan gods.


But then the writer says, "but…". He continues on with "...but where does my help come from? [2] My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth." The psalmist's hope is in the One who created the hills where people had put their false gods. His hope is in One who doesn't sleep and protects us no matter what comes at us at day or at night.


When you look at Capitol Hill, or anything that is false, evil and wicked that is elevated around you, I encourage you to remind yourself and others that your help comes from the LORD the Maker of heaven and earth. Remember the LORD will protect you and guard your life as you come and go this day and forevermore!



Psalms 121:1-8 (NCV)


[1] I look up to the hills,

but where does my help come from?

[2] My help comes from the LORD,

who made heaven and earth.

[3] He will not let you be defeated.

He who guards you never sleeps.

[4] He who guards Israel

never rests or sleeps.

[5] The LORD guards you.

The LORD is the shade that protects you from the sun.

[6] The sun cannot hurt you during the day,

and the moon cannot hurt you at night.

[7] The LORD will protect you from all dangers;

he will guard your life.

[8] The LORD will guard you as you come and go,

both now and forever.


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