Psalm 121:1 asks, “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?” It comes from the Lord. This text combines two great themes: God and mountains. Psalm 125 says that those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion – unshakable and eternal. Even prosperity comes from the mountains, Psalm 72:3.
Mountains and their rivers have long been places of refuge for me. I relish the pristine waters, the green woods, and the crisp, cool air. God is never closer than when I’m in a mountain stream, floating a fly, and hoping for a fish. There’s a boulder in my favorite river that I’ve dubbed my meditation rock. It’s large enough to get on and sit down. And, it’s perfect for praying, meditating, and refilling my soul. From Psalm 98:8, “Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy.” Amen!
It is in the quietness that I can hear God speaking to me. Remember when Elijah ran and hid from Jezebel after he killed all her priests? He wanted God to do something mighty to show His presence yet where was God when Elijah needed his protection? So Elijah ran. After his complaint to the Lord, God caused a powerful wind that tore apart the mountain and shattered the rock – but no sight of God. Then an earthquake came – but no God. Then a fire came – but no God. Then Elijah heard a gentle whisper and that’s when he knew God was near (1 Kings 19:11-13).
Can you hear God whispering through the busyness of your life? Do you need to go out to your private rock and listen for God? Your help comes from the Lord. Can you hear Him?