Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday of Lent 2

Wednesday of Lent 2, March 15, 2017     Psalm 121:1-2

Psalm 121:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)

My Help Comes from the LORD
A Song of Ascents.

121 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.

We are pilgrims on a journey to our heavenly home. The psalm reminds us to focus on the Lord, who oversees our journey. Do not allow the mountains, moon, sun, or anything else in creation to frighten you. Our God is eternally alert and goes above and before us. 1

When the hills in your life look like the solution to your pain or the source of your affliction, the psalmist teaches us to look elsewhere for our help. We look with spiritual eyes to the heavenly hill of Zion, the dwelling place of the Lord. “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).

The source of your help is the Lord. Neither fret over the hills nor try to hide in their fleeting shadows — the Lord made heaven and earth.

O God, you so loved the world that you gave your only begotten Son to reconcile earth with heaven; Grant that we, loving you above all things, may love our friends in you, and our enemies for your sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 2

[1] Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[2] Collect for Wednesday of Lent 2,
Luther’s Seal © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

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