Every man is given the precious gift of life. We are born into a world full of beauty and majesty. Life at times can feel like it is the best thing ever. Every man is also given something else that I dare not call a gift, but it is the sin nature of Adam. The Psalmist wrote that he was born into sin and shaped by iniquity. Because of sin and our nature to gravitate towards it, life can sometimes feel like a burden or a terrible event to face on a daily basis. There are so many clichés which incorporate the word life such as “life of the party” or “put life on the line” etc. So the question is when life is not a party, when things get downright difficult especially as a Christian: what is your response? How should you deal with the pains or trials of life that make you want to give up?
Let’s look at what David said in the Psalms. David was a shepherd boy, a warrior, and finally a king.
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.
David was a very noble and righteous man who could take care of himself better than most. Yet, when he faced hardships that no man or earthly organization could help him with, David looked to the hills which simply denotes that he is looking beyond himself.
I have often wondered why he acknowledges his help comes from God. He mentions God is the maker of heaven and earth. I just picture David going through his trials and looking around at creation, maybe toward some animals playing or the sun going up and coming down. Possibly he is just watching the men with him go about their normal lives. Maybe David is saying to himself, “Surely if You made all these things and tend to their needs, You can help me with my problems Lord!”
You see, there is nothing too hard for God. Better yet, nothing is hard for God at all. Just as easily as you can blow the flowers from a dandelion, God can bring entire solar systems into being. All of the heavenly bodies running their courses with the most perfect precision and timing that simply defy all mathematical concepts in an instant. I hope you are grasping to Whom it is that you are looking to the hills for: He is the mighty God who keeps His promises.
I have been through difficult times. I have faced circumstances that if nothing short of a miracle had happened then I would have been finished. My record is far from perfect, but when I am able to get a hold of myself, look to the hills for some help from the Lord, that He comes through.
You may be in a battle or trial in your life and there is no one to help you. It is quite possible that no one could help you even if they wanted to. These are the times where your character will be tested, and you will see how much you trust the God you tell everyone about.
It is just you and God in these times. Although Jesus was surrounded by crowds during his ministry, in the Garden of Gethsemane – the crossroads to Calvary – Jesus had to walk alone. He had to look to the hill from where His help would come. Jesus alone with His Father! There was no human in history that could help the Son of God with the rest of this journey, but we all know how the story ends. Our Lord triumphed over death and was sat down next to the Majesty on high. His Father – our Father – seeing Him through it all. In this same way, the Father will see you through your trials and triumphs as well. God is like the song says, “A Good, Good Father!”