Psalm 121:1

Psalm 121:1 presents an interesting dilemma for the Psalmist. ((Psalm 121:1 r la|mma`lt eSS `nay el-hehrm mayin yb `ezr)) The text reads: I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From whence shall my help come? Professor Mark Futato argues that Psalm 121 is a pilgrimage Psalm. The Israelites are headed to Jerusalem to one of the three great festivals. They are going to the temple; it is there where they long to be in the presence of God. However, to reach this temple they must pass through the ominous mountains. The author lifts his eyes with two distinct thoughts: a) The task is mighty indeed, but my God awaits me. It is there where I will find refuge and strength; the God of my salvation. b) His second thought relates to the dangers the mountains impose. He may face dangerous creatures eager to hinder his progress and to cause him harm; but the task is worthy. The pilgrimage to come to the presence of God and to see His glory manifested in worthy of sacrifice and pain.


About Uri Brito

I am the Pastor of Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola, Fl.
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