Today's Lectionary Text
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
He will not let your foot be moved;
The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
I conducted a “social experiment” one time when I was a lot younger. Standing at a busy intersection in a downtown somewhere, a couple of us began to look up at the sky, while occasionally pointing up. The reality was that there wasn’t anything unusual there, but the object of the experiment was to then step away and watch, seeing how long other people would keep looking, which in turn would cause still other people to look up as well. Our “experiment” didn’t prove anything, other than keeping us entertained for a little while.
Humans have always been fascinated with high places, and even the Bible demonstrates this, from the story of the Tower of Babel, to Moses and Elijah ascending mountains to talk with God, to even the diminutive tax collector Zacchaeus, who climbed up into a tree to see Jesus. We are down here, and up seems to be the place to go.
So when I read the opening verse of Psalm 121, I’m drawn to the fascination we have of “up,” and the fact that when we think of God, at least my Sunday school lessons put me in a place where God is above us, looking down from heaven. I suppose that’s why we lift our hands in prayer, or look up to the sky sometimes when we ask God for help.
The reality is that God is always with us, down here on our level. But honestly, part of the wonder of a God to whom we look up comes from the majesty of the mountains the psalmist writes about, when asking the question, “Where does my help come from?” It comes from God, who not only made the mountains and all things up, but also made the ground that I walk on, and all other things down here with me.
When I get a chance to see the mountains of Colorado, I can’t help but think of God’s majesty, for only God could create something so spectacular. But the “grounded” me knows that God is everywhere, and frankly, I’m fine with that as well.
--Keith Anglemyer, pastor
*Devotion originally published 9/9/2020
Prayer for Reflection
God of the mountains and of the plains; God of the city and of the country; in all places the evidence of your love for us is real. Keep us grounded in that love, so that wherever we look for you, we know that you will be there, now and forevermore. AMEN
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