Summary: We need to know that when we are in the heat of a situation, that the Lord is there to help us.
The superscription to this Psalm tells us that it is a "Song of Degrees” that this is a Psalm that worshipers would sing as they made their way to Jerusalem to participate in the three great annual feasts; Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. With that in mind, it is plain to see that this is a pilgrim's song. It tells of the dangers of the journey, and of the help God provides along the way.
When I look at verse 1 I notice that this is not a declaration of hope, but rather, it is a cry of despair. The Psalmist is telling us that danger is lurking in the hills above and is waiting for an opportunity to ambush the weary travelers that pass through. When this happens, where can the pilgrims turn for help? The psalmist answers his own question by reminding us that the Lord is our help.
May I remind you this morning that we are pilgrims? Our pilgrimage began the very moment that we received Jesus as Lord and Savior and it will continue until we step out of this life and into eternity.
However, as we wait for the time of our transition there are dangers that lurking all around us. There are thieves that would rob us, and not just for our money, but for your peace, your joy and your victory. There are those that will try to quench the fire of God in our souls. There are problems that would strip us of the glory, and the power of God.
I don't know about you all, but I have seen through these difficult days this year. I’ve seen days when dangers surrounded my life and I wondered where my help would come from. There were times when I wonder how I was going to make it. Times when I felt all alone.
Somebody might feel like that this morning! If you do, then allow me to encourage you with this Psalm. If you are struggling this morning, or you are aware that problems might be lurking around the next corner, then this Psalm is for you. I love what He says when he says I will lift my eyes unto the hills which cometh my help. Notice what he said, he said that he would lift his eyes unto and not into the hills. Don’t miss this.
He understood that the source of our help, and he believed in our creator. The Psalmist knew that his help would not come from the hills. Because in times past, the hills had been places of idolatry and false religion, and no help can be found in a false god, so he lifted his eyes unto and beyond the hills.
He also knew not to look in the hills because in the hills were robbers, burglars, there were those who were pickpockets. In the hills were thieves, murder, assassins, executor, massacres, and slaughter awaited in the hills.
So the Psalmist turned his attention to the Lord. He knew that the real source of his help was the Almighty God. He is not referring to a friend or a supporter, but to the Creator of the universe. The idea is this, if God can make this world, then surely, he has the power to take care good of me. Certainly my God he has the power to look out for me, he has the power to do miracles in my life, in other words he’s a keeper, he is a helper, he’s a provider, and he is a mind regulator. May I tell you that our helper is none other than the very one who stood on the edge of nothing and made everything with the Words of His power? And if he is able to create a world on a word then I know that he is able help us, and according to Eph. 3:20 that says. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
The psalmist knows that he is our confirmer – In verse 3 it tells us that the Lord will not allow our foot to "slip." Because God knows how easy it is for us to slip into sin and into discouragement. So, we must remember that He is ever with us and that he has promised to sustain us with his presence and His power, Heb. 13:5; proves that when he says “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” And Matthew 28:20 backs it up when it says “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Now notice that he says alway and not always. Because always means time, and alway means all, every, everyone, everything, whole, wholly (completely, entirely totally), and wholesome. Which tells me that everybody is included and no one is left out. No matter what your social statics is, you are not left out.