Guest Post Author I Will Lift Mine Eyes Diana Leagh Matthews
I Will Lift Mine Eyes
by Diana Leagh Matthews
For years, I returned home monthly to spend time with family. As I reached a certain hilltop my heart began to soar. I could see the Blue Ridge Mountains towering ahead in the distance.
Recently, I relocated back to my hometown and notice the mountains more than I ever have in the past. One doesn’t go too far before the peaks can be spotted towering above, offering their strength and steadiness. Just the sight of them does my heart good and brings peace to my soul.
It reminds me of one of my favorite verses. “I will lift mine eyes until the hills for which cometh my help.” (Psalms 121:1)
King David, the author of the hymn, had spent a lot of time in the hills. The hills offered David shelter and protection when he was on the run from King Saul. One can only imagine the myriad of emotions which coursed through him through the years. There were probably many days of despair, darkness, hopelessness, questioning God, grief, and disbelief. Would the promises bestowed upon him ever come to pass?
However, David pressed on. Because he knew his help would not and could not come from the hills alone. He wrote “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2)
He kept his eyes on things above, which serves as a great reminder for us. Our help comes from the Lord.
There have been a handful of times in my life when I had no idea what to do or how to get out of a toxic situation. Each time I kept my eyes on the Lord, crying out to Him and asking for His help. Sometimes the answers came right away but usually it took much longer. While I waited, I continued to press forward and pray expectantly.
Each time the Lord answered as only HE can. All my brainstorming had not provided the answer He provided. Don’t you love had God works that way?
David reminds us that the Lord will not let our foot slip, He will watch over us (even while we slumber), He will keep us from harm, and the Lord will watch over our comings and goings. (Paraphrased from Psalm 121: 3-8)
So, when trouble rears its ugly head, I look to the mountains, and it serves as a reminder and comfort that the Lord is with me. He watches over me and will always be with me. What reminds you of the Lord’s constant presence and love?
Diana Leagh Matthews shares God’s love through her story from rebel to redeemed. Her day job is as a volunteer coordinator and activity consultant, but at night she writes and hunts genealogy. Her heart is writing fiction and she looks forward to the day her books will be published. She gives programs as a speaker, teacher, and vocalist, and also presents historical monologues. Leagh (pronounced Lee) is the author of History Made Real, Fun with Words, 90 Breath Prayers for the Caregiver, and others in the Breath Prayers series. She writes the history behind hymns at DianaLeaghMatthews.com.