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Help from the Heavenly Hills

Sunday the 25th of July

in Meditations II

In Psalm 121:1 we read, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."

In our country there are places where there are no hills. You might think that people living there cannot say what the psalmist said. But bear in mind that the psalmist is speaking of special hills where God's temple stood, and where God symbolically dwelt. He means that he lifts up his eyes unto God. Solomon's temple was built on a hill, and men looked on that as God's house, or dwelling place. For, typically, He dwelt in the Holy of Holies where was the ark with the mercy seat.

Now, since Christ came, died for us, rose, and ascended to God's right hand in heavenly glory, that is where we look, and in faith and hope look up to for blessings. From Christ up there at God's right hand comes all our salvation and its blessings. To Christ we must then lift up our eyes today. We must today say that from thence cometh our help.

God helped us by sending His Son into our flesh so that our salvation might be purchased. He helped us by having Him nailed to the cross, on which Christ suffered hell's torment that we deserve. He helped us by raising Christ from the dead and lifting Him up to His right hand in heavenly glory.

Look then to Christ when afflictions and trouble come your way. But look up also to Him when you become aware of the sins which you in the weakness of your flesh have again committed. Look away from the Antichrist, who will please the world by what Satan through him does with the things of this earth.

Say, and then do as you say, that you will from moment to moment look for what Christ earned for us. Do not say that you will do that pretty soon when you more surely approach the end of life. Do it now, and do it with your heart and walk of life.

Read: Psalm 121

Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:
2 Chronicles 14 ; 2 Chronicles 15 ; 2 Chronicles 16:1-14 
Romans 9:1-24 
Psalm 19:1-14 
Proverbs 20:1 
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Quote for Reflection:


"Wherefore, although we look far and wide and search on every hand, we shall not find better songs nor songs better suited to that end than the Psalms of David which the Holy Spirit made and uttered through him. And for this reason, when we sing them we may be certain that God puts the words, in our mouths as if Himself sang in us to exalt His glory."  John Calvin


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