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Look to the Hills

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.1


Whenever I read the opening verse of Psalm 121, I always imagine the opening scene of the musical classic “The Sound of Music”, where a young girl is up on the hills singing freely. This is her ‘happy place’ where she can be without a care. In the next few scenes, her life takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself on her way to a new adventure. Feeling unsure of what awaits her, she sings to muster up her courage and while on the bus, in the window’s reflection we see the hills again. This is a subtle but clear picture that by looking to those hills she would find her source of strength.


As Christians, we too, can look to the hills and contemplate where our strength comes from; we can know, without a doubt, that our help comes from the Lord, the Creator of those very hills! Our help and strength come from the God who watches over us by day and by night, who keeps us from all evil and desires to be our comforter forever! (Ps. 121)


The recent rains in California brought snow to our mountain ranges. If you have found yourself driving on most any Southern California freeway, you might have been treated to the beautiful sight of those snow-covered mountains. Lift up your eyes to those hills and behold the wondrous works of our Lord!


As Easter approaches, there is another hill to take into consideration—Golgotha, also known as Calvary—the hill upon which our Lord was crucified. Our Lord, lifted to the sky upon a cross was then, and continues to be today, the greatest reason to look to those hills. The ultimate sacrifice was made that day so long ago as a token of God’s unending love for mankind. Look to the hills today and receive God’s greatest gift of love and mercy just for you!


Suggested Prayer: Dear Loving Lord, you gave yourself as the ultimate sacrifice, on that cruel cross, upon that hill so long ago because of your great love for me! How else can I show my gratitude than to look to you for my strength and my help! Thank you, Lord, for forgiving my sin and loving me as I am. In Jesus’ most precious name, Amen.


1.    Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV).


Today’s Encounter was written by: Veronica B.

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