Monday, January 29, 2007

The LORD, the Maker of Heaven and Earth

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
  Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
  The Maker of Heaven and Earth.
(Psalm 121:1-2 NIV)
The psalm writer is on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, in the hill country. It can be a dangerous journey, not only because of the elements, but also because of robbers and thugs sheltered in rocks and crags along the way. He knows he will need help, but where will he find it?

His answer is “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.

The object of his pilgrimage is the Holy City, Jerusalem, the place where God revealed His presence is a special way. It was the Lord Himself who would give him all the aid and protection he required. It is in this regard that He is called Maker of Heaven and Earth. Who knows better than He the dangers that prevail in the earth and the help that is needed. And who is more able than He to provide that help.

Not only is the Lord the creator of heaven and earth, He is also the sustainer and provider. He does not forget one bit of His creation, but has a great love and care for it all. And if He cares so for His creation, how much more does He care for you and me, whom He has created in His own image and likeness. As Jesus said,
Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:6-7)
Is there any problem too big for the One who created everything? Is there anything to small for Him to care? The Lord is not far away, but close by to assist all who will call on Him and say, “My help is from The LORD, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.”