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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The opposite of up...



 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
Psalms 121:1 (NKJV)

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.
~Soren Kierkegaard

Lately things have not been easy. I know how to coach myself through difficult times, though. Instead of focusing on how things are not easy for me, how miserable I am, how unfair life is (stop me any time), I remember Psalms 121, and then, I do what it doesn’t say. What I do is the opposite of up.

this is my worship.
There is sweet comfort and
release in the opposite of up
…I let go and let God.

TWEET SOME WORSHIP
When we lift our eyes to the hills, are we perhaps seeking the face of God? According to blueletterbible.org, David’s Pilgrim’s Psalm reminds us that..
wherever we are, at home or abroad, we are exposed to danger more than we are aware of; and this psalm directs and encourages us to repose ourselves and our confidence in God, and by faith to put ourselves under his protection and commit ourselves to his care, which we must do, with an entire resignation and satisfaction, in singing this psalm. 

As I imagine David lifting his eyes to the hills, I see hope; triumph. By comparison, when I’m needing the comfort of the pilgrim’s psalm, I’m usually staggering on my feet and about to drop in exhaustion and brokenness on my knees. Where I am at those moments is the opposite of up. 

That does not mean that there is hopelessness there…there is comfort in this place. Falling, flagging, when I cannot stand on my own any longer, this, this is my worship. I am no longer afraid to be weak. I am no longer afraid to admit I have no more fight in me. There is sweet comfort and release in the opposite of up…I can let go and let God.

Why does it take us so long to learn the easy lessons? It took me nearly 50 years to understand that the loudest voice does not always win the arguments? I’m tired, and this is a battle I do not have to fight-why? because…

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.
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.
The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
 The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

Not patient enough for the long version? Remember this…

He’s got it.
He loves you.
You’re covered.
Now and forevermore.
Don’t worry.
Go in peace.
That is all.

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