Lift Up Your Eyes | Psalm 121:1

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?

Psalm 121:1 ESV

Life under the sun is vanity. Even in places of justice and righteousness, we still find wickedness. No one does good, not even one. Some die young. Others die old. Some are rich. others are poor. Some love life. Others are dead even though they still live. Some are oppressed. Others have wealth, possessions, and honor, but without the ability to enjoy them. Every generation has joined the psalmist’s lamenting cry, “Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man” (Psalm 12:1).

What are we to do? Shall we “eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (2 Corinthians 15:32)? Shall we laugh into the dark abyss? Shall we attempt adding another hour to our lives through worry?

No, we were made to look above the sun, above the vanity. We were made for communion with God, and we are incomplete without Him. In fact, as bearers of His image, we cannot know ourselves properly without first knowing Him. Nothing else will do. Even the humanist cry for unity is only an attempt to recreate Babel. Fearing God and keeping His commands is “the whole duty of man,” and He alone “will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

Lift up your eyes, therefore, to the LORD upon His throne. Turn away from the false omniscience and omnipresence that media gives, and trust the Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent One. Seek the face of Him who is same yesterday, today, and forever. Or, as the song says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

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