I look to the hills… where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
When worship music is inspired by scripture, the songs are no longer just a fresh expression of God’s character. They carry the depth and legacy that the original scripture carried. That’s how I feel about Pyramid Park’s song, Hills.
The psalm that inspired this song is Psalm 121.
Fun Fact: Before Pyramid Park released this album, and introduced us to this song, I had been doing a study on the book of Psalms called The Journey by Eugene Peterson. His insight into this passage has inspired my understanding of the scripture itself, and the song! (Take a look at the book here – it’s awesome and super old school)
Written during a time when the Israelites were turning their attention away from God and towards false gods (who had their temples on hills), the psalmist was intentionally pointing out that it is the Maker of Heaven and Earth who we should seek comfort, shelter and help from. He compares the weaknesses of those gods to the greatness and majesty of the Creator.
He will never let your foot slip.
He who watches over you will not slumber.
Isn’t this a wonderful image of God? Not only does He keep us from stumbling – for He holds us up even in our darkest times, never letting go, never allowing us to experience more than we can manage, but He is also always there – He does not sleep, turn away or get bored of us. He is ever-present.
When I think of this passage, and this song, I am reminded that there are hills in my life that draw my attention away from the Father. Things that I go for a fast result – quick comfort, quick help, numbness from the world around me. I sometimes choose immediacy over intimacy.
Whether it be small distractions like our phones, social media or Netflix, or bigger things like the need for others to validate our worth, or determining our own version of truth to justify our actions, when we look away from God and towards other things for support, encouragement and guidance, we lose out on relationship. And there’s nothing that can satisfy our soul like relationship with God.
Maybe we are afraid. Perhaps, we are worried that if we come face to face with God, he might look upon us with disappointment and turn away.
But as the song says “I look to your face, where hope is restored and where grace radiates.”
There is nothing that you can do to dilute the grace of God. The only mistake we can really make is thinking that he wouldn’t want to embrace us. Because he does. With all his might.
God doesn’t promise us an easy life, but he does promise to be with us always.
The Psalm says that He watches our going out and our coming in, now and forever more.
God’s not going anywhere.
The question is, are you willing to look away from your hills and into the face of the Gracious One?
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, and the Breaker of your chains and hurts.
His name is Jesus.
Peace and love.