Weekly Devotional: Where Does My Help Come From?

Two hands reaching out to help each other

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” — Psalm 121:1-2, NIV

When life seems desperate and pain is abundant, who do we turn to? In both the good and bad times, where does our help come from? As Christians, we can lift our heads and find our hope in the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

In this Weekly Devotional:

Hope in Scripture: A Very Present Help in Trouble

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Psalm 46:1-3, NIV

When we are struggling, turning to the Word of God shows us these testimonies of God’s love and kindness toward those in bleak situations. This can remind us of God’s power in our lives and give us hope for the future and our own situations.

Here are a few places in the bible where God is often mentioned as a source of help and refuge:

  • My strength and my defense (Exodus 15:2)
  • Refuge (Deuteronomy 33:27)
  • My rock, my fortress and my deliverer (Psalm 18:2)
  • Shephard (Psalm 23:1)
  • Stronghold of my life (Psalm 27:1)
  • Ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)
  • The one who sustains (Psalm 54:4)
  • The strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26)
  • Light (1 John 1:5)

When we are in trouble or struggling, we are not alone. We have God to rely on and come to. He doesn’t abandon us or wish us luck as we are sent out on our own. Rather, he walks with us through the troubles as a refuge, strength, stronghold, shepherd, light, sustainer, defense and very present help in trouble.

Looking to God, Our Creator

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” — Ephesians 6:10, NIV

Where do we go first for comfort, strength and help? Perhaps, we look inward at our own personal resolve or maybe we go to friends and family. There is nothing wrong with getting comfort and help from others. God has blessed us with people in our lives for a reason. However, we should not forget the praise of the Psalmist in Psalm 121:1-2, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth,” (Psalm 121:1-2, NIV).

God should be our first resort, our refuge, our hope. He is our creator and he made us with purpose. He is at work in our lives and sustains us. We may experience tough times, but that does not mean that we are hopeless or without strength. We are never without strength or hope because we have the source of salvation and peace.

In His Hands

“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” — John 10:29, NIV

As followers of Christ, we do not have to let worry and hardship overcome us. Rather, we can rest in the assurance that we are safe in the hands of God. He is in control of our circumstances and situations. Nothing can take us away from him and separate us from his love.

Knowing this, we can have confidence to answer to the question, “where does my help come from?” We can lift a confident voice of worship and declare, “my help comes from the Lord!”

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Approved by the local outreach coordinator of the Office of Spiritual Life on Feb. 9, 2023.

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