I love the mountains. Not driving mountain roads. Not skiing or riding on ski lifts. The truth is … I don’t like heights.
But I love mountains.
They’re beautiful! Majestic! Mighty! And Magnificent!
Seeing a snow-capped tree-lined mountain just makes my heart happy.
Psalm 121 begins with these words…
I look up to the mountains—Psalm 121:1
does my help come from there?
As majestic, mighty, and magnificent mountains may be, when we’re afraid and need help … it does not and cannot come from mountains.
But the Psalmist continues…
My help comes from the Lord,Psalm 121:2
who made heaven and earth!
We can look to the mountains or to any other thing in all creation when we’re afraid but the only true source of help cannot come from the created … it must come from the Creator. The One who watches over us and cares for us…
He will not let you stumble;
the One who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, He who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
The Lord Himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
The Lord keeps you from all harmPsalm 121:3–8
and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.
The One who created the mountains watches over and protects His children 24/7. You and I can fully trust and rely on Him assured that He is our loving Father who wants what is best for us.
The Life Application Bible Notes add…
“We should never trust a lesser power than God Himself … not only is He all-powerful, He also watches over us. Nothing diverts or deters Him. We are safe.”
Jude, the half-brother of Jesus and brother of James, wrote…
I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.Jude 1:1
When you and I are afraid of our present circumstances or future possibilities, we can go to God for help and protection. We can trust that He is faithfully watching over us!
Our Heavenly Father cares so much about our eternal future that He gave His only Son to save us. Jesus suffered the punishment we deserve.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
And He cares so much about our daily lives that He watches over us as we come and go and gives us everything we need … He guides, directs, and provides for us along the best path to Him.
For You are my hiding place;Psalm 32:7–8
You protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
He is our place of safety, our protector, and our perfect parent. When we are afraid He is our best help and the One who gives us everything we need.
A Prayer for God’s Help When You’re Afraid
Father, the enemy uses anything he can to prompt fear and anxiety in our lives. Culturally and personally we’re consistently told to be frightened by what is or could happen in life. And once we are afraid, he tries to distract us with plenty of options that are supposed to help but never really do.
Whether it’s mountains, stars in the sky, or some created power … nothing can remove our fear and give us peace like You can. You tell us to not be afraid because You will help us and give us strength. (Isaian 41:10) Your Spirit wants to replace our fear with love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7) You want us to bring our fear to You in prayer and trust You to give us peace that passes understanding. (Philippians 4:6)
So, I come to You today, Lord, trusting that You faithfully watch over me always. You never leave me and You will never forsake me. Wherever I am, whatever I do … You are with me. You are my hiding place and my protector who keeps me from stumbling.
You offer me advice guiding me along the best path for my life. Please help me walk in faith trusting Your plans and purposes for me. Please help me to daily “be still and know” that You alone are Almighty God, Majestic and Magnificent. You alone are worthy.
I praise and worship You! Please give me everything I need to trust and obey Your will. Guide me and protect me so that I might stay on the path of life You have prepared for me. Thank you Lord for making the impossible possible. Thank you for saving me. Thank you for Jesus … the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Amen.
The next time you are afraid, remember…
The Lord is king!Psalm 97:1, 5–6, 12
Let the earth rejoice!
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim His righteousness;
every nation sees His glory.
May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord
and praise His holy name!
Woodrow Kroll wrote…
“With the power of God within us, we need never fear the powers around us.”
May the Lord Himself be your best help any time you are afraid.
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