A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the hills– from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121)
The psalmist has a clear picture of happiness for the child of God. One of the great joys of knowing the Father is to know that He looks down upon us with His favors. Our joy comes when we turn our eyes toward Him to view His beauty. When we are drawn by God’s love we are “looking up” people. Life has meaning and purpose. Our lives are not characterized by a sad downward weakened spirit of despair. In the midst of a world filled with chaos our thoughts are on His power, deliverance, grace and mercy.
Our natural response in walking carefully is to look down to measure our steps. For the Christian our sure walk is accomplished by looking up. He will not allow us to stumble because He is our protector. His hand of love covers us with glory and peace. His power will keep us from the evil one. He knows all of our ways and paths that we ponder. How infinite is this knowledge to share in the love of God that He cares so much for us.
Throughout scripture the Lord wants us to be looking to Him for help. There is no one that can fully satisfy our longings as He who made us. If despair fills our lives look up. When the dark clouds of doubt obstruct our view look beyond to the glory of God. He made the heavens and the earth and He sent His Son so that we can view that heavenly home of promise. Our hearts long to be with Him to see Him face to face. We live each day anxiously longing for the return of the Lord in the clouds. Look up. Lift the drooping face of sadness to the joy of Jesus Christ. Let your heart be filled with the gladness of God’s love. We are never alone. He is always with us. He will never forsake us. He will never leave us. Look up.
A man is truly happy when he is rightly related to God and to people, because then his lower nature is rightly related to his higher self. (Kirby Page, Living Joyously, 1950)