Psalm 121:1-4 (ESV)
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
In August 2010, a portion of the San José copper-gold mine collapsed in the Copianó region of northern Chile, trapping 33 men in the underground mine. Once discovered, these 33 men were sustained during their ordeal by lowering necessary supplies to them—including Bibles—through a small shaft. Sixty-nine days after the collapse, on October 13, 2010, all 33 men were rescued, alive. I am reminded of that life-saving rescue every time I read Psalm 121 because we sang “Psalm 121 (I Lift My Eyes Up)” by Brian Doerksen at church the Sunday after that miraculous rescue. I remember so clearly singing those words:
O how I need You Lord;
You are my only hope.
You’re my only prayer.
So I will wait for You
to come and rescue me,
come and give me life.
And we gave praise to the Lord for His mighty works in the rescue of those miners. You see, through that tragic accident, having prayed for those 33 men through their ordeal, the Lord spoke to me through the words of this Psalm—that no matter what our situation is, we need only look to the Lord, for our help comes from Him alone.
Though I have no personal connection to those 33 men, I do have a personal connection to their rescuer, Jesus Christ. He is our Lord. He is our Savior. He is our Redeemer. He is all we need. We all face difficult situations in our lives, but we stand in hope with Jesus Christ, knowing that He will neither slumber nor sleep, but is the source of our help in all situations.
Gracious Father, I lift my eyes up to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from You, Maker of heaven, Creator of the earth. Amen.