Bible Reading: Psalm 121
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1)
When we are weary on our Christian walk, where do we look? It is often too easy to pity ourselves. However, God calls us to look up to Him. Our God is our keeper, and He does not sleep. Who is He?
Hebrews 2:14-18 describes this.
Jesus is king over death and our rescuer from death. Hebrews 2:14-15 says, “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”
What does this imply?
Despite our doubts, fears and sins, we can rest safe in the hands of God. Our worry always comes down to the fact of evil in our world and evil in ourselves (sin), which we cannot overcome. Even though we cannot overcome this power, Christ has already defeated it, and He is king over all life and death. He has rescued us from the grasp of Satan, sin and death, and He has given us a new life with His Holy Spirit living in us. He has delivered us from the fear of death because we can trust in Him if we seek Him humbly.
Psalm 121:7 says, “The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life”.
Apart from the king, Jesus is also the ultimate high priest. Another reason for worry in our lives is because we cannot change our past sins. We are guilty before God. We have rebelled and scorned Him. Everyone who has ever lived deserves an eternal death penalty, and we all know of such judgement. We walk with the guilt burdened upon our backs.
However, Hebrews 2:16-18 explains how Jesus became a man so that He could die on the cross as a propitiation or atonement for our sins. He was a perfect man yet perfectly God. He died a sinless death so that He could bear our sins and be punished for them. God the Father accepted Jesus’ sacrifice because Jesus is now in heaven. This means that our past sins and guilt have all been washed away. There is no need to fear because we have been covered for in Christ.
Jesus was tempted in every way and suffered as a man on earth. Hebrews 2:18 says, “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted”.
Jesus is our mediator before God the Father. He still is our mediator in heaven, and He constantly prays for us. He upholds our case and our standing before God in His sacrifice and righteousness. This is something we totally do not deserve, but it is the grace of God. Because Christ is the pillar of our hope, we can stand firm. “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep,” says Psalm 121:3-4.
Look up at Christ and look at His love. His grace is abundant for us. There is no need to fear, and there is no reason to pity ourselves. Look at the glory of His grace which overflows for each of us. Saturate yourself in His gospel and let it change you.
Lord, please forgive me when I fail to gaze at Your grace. Your love is too wondrous and glorious for me. Forgive my sins and failures before You. Please help me to trust in Christ and the promises in Christ. Thank You for Your love and steadfastness toward me. Teach me to walk in a way that pleases You. In Jesus’ name, amen.