121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1-4 KJV
For many years, I was baffled by the King James Version of Psalm 121:1. What was the writer really saying? Was he instructing the believer to look to the hills (Mount Zion and Mount Moriah) for help? Where exactly would their help come from, was it from God or the hills around Jerusalem? This Psalm is one of the Songs of Ascent sung by pilgrims as they made the dangerous trip to the temple to worship Yahweh. It is possible that because the temple of God was on Mount Zion and God was in His temple Habakkuk 2:20. Therefore, when the believer looked to the hills, he was indirectly looking to God for protection.
After reading other versions of the bible however, the heart of the Psalmist became clearer. I will lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]—From whence shall my help come?- (AMP)
According to the NET Bible, the Hebrew term for the English word “Where” (meʾayinן is interrogative in function. It is probing and inquiring, and the word “where” or “whence” in the Strong’s Concordance, is followed by a question mark (?). Therefore, the writer is not stating that his source of help descends from the physical hills, as some assume, but rather, he is asking, possibly himself, “From where does my help come?” The answer is found in verse two, “it comes from the Lord which made heaven and earth”.
I particularly love The Living Bible’s version of verses one and two of this scripture: Shall I look to the mountain gods for help? 2 No! My help is from Jehovah who made the mountains!
Jeremiah 3:23AMP unequivocally tells us “Truly, [the hope of salvation from] the hill [where idols are worshiped] is a deception, A tumult and noisy multitude on the mountains; truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.
Our help does not come from the mountains, neither does our help come from the gods (little “g”) of the mountains. In times of weakness, the only source of strength for the believer is Elohim, the One who made those strong mountains.
The strength of the mountains are legendary, yet they cannot stand before the Lord. The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. Psalm 97:5. No, when the believer needs strengthening and supernatural intervention, he should lean on the Lord, trusting in Him. According to Psalm 125:1, They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth forever.
When we hope in and trust on the Lord of Host, we are liken to Mount Zion, and even as the majestic mountains surround Jerusalem, so our God surrounds us, and He is always ready to help us and protect us.
Prayer: Today Father, as we search for help, we look to You, the Creator of heaven and earth. We already know that all our help comes from You, and we are grateful. Father, may we always look to You and to no other god, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen