“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 121:1-2
“Do you not know? Do you not hear?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth..;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name;
by the greatness of his might
and because he is strong in power,
not one is missing.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.” Isaiah 40:21-23,26,29
In days and broadcasts poisoned with vitriolic combat, a natural inclination is to look at stuff owned, opportunities enjoyed, freedoms exercised, and wonder why there is so much hatred and discontent. No matter where we live, if social policy or pressure is to squelch a high view of God, or inhibit discussion and contemplation of Him, we have lost our footing and spiritual elegance, and are deigned to wallow in the lowest common denominator of horizontal human passion. It is an upward battle to contend for lofty thought and speech when dodging an incessant barrage of mud balls and have no holy foothold.
So where is the vein of heavenly blue that bids us ascend, that lifts our eyes above the grey slush of acrimony? It exists. We must fight for the Lord, for His ways, His word, His manner and perspective of life. We must press on in our daily habits to know Him, to seek His wisdom and insight, to be filled with His Spirit. We must be diligent to exhibit His countenance, to make Him known in our interactions, to bring into our private, virtual, and public discourse fresh and biblical ideas, to punctuate the hateful darkness with holy light. (Hosea 6:3; Ephesians 5:18; Philippians 3:10; Matthew 5:14-16)
What will we do to cultivate healthy, life-giving friendships that help lift our chins when gravity pulls our sights downward? Whom will we encourage, and ascend beside? Our help, our helpers, and our courage and strength for the call, come from the Lord.
“I saw the LORD, high and lifted up… ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!..’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me,.. and said: ‘Behold,.. your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.’ And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.’” Isaiah 6:1,5-8
Almighty God, keep me considering Your ways that I might know You better, and Your glory that I will rightfully worship. Grant me holy boldness to proclaim abroad the excellencies of Your Name and works that You be esteemed and exalted. (Exodus 33:13,18)