I have read this verse so many times and thought about the mountains around my house, finding strength in knowing that as strong as they are, God is stronger.
As I asked God for a better understanding of the words today, He pointed something out to me I had never considered. He’s really cool like that.
When we read the books of the Old Testament prior to the Psalms, we continually see mention of the altars built by Israel’s people on the high places. They were worshipping gods on the — you guessed it — mountains. David wasn’t seeking solace by looking at the mountains, he was declaring that the gods of the high places weren’t God and never would be. He was saying that they could not offer help in any way, but the great I AM could, which is where he would put his trust.
What “high places” do we have in our lives? Where do we go for help instead of God? When the woes of life strike, where do we turn? Do we head up the mountain to talk with friends or social media? Do we place medical professionals above the One who made us? (YES, they have their place, and I believe they’ve been uniquely gifted and trained by God, but who do we seek FIRST?)
We need to recognize that none of the answers we need will come from a human who walks around like us or from a replacement for the Almighty. God, Jehovah, YHWH, Adonai, Jesus, Holy Spirit is the only One who holds the answers we need and the power to effect whatever rescue is needed.
We need to look at the high places in our lives, the places we’re seeking help from that aren’t God, then tear them down. Not just say no more, we must get rid of them completely.
Let’s learn to trust God alone for the help, the rescue that we need, every time.
Coffee, Bible, Journal.