The question in verse1 was, “… from where will my help come?” For most of those “pilgrims,” the “holy hills” surrounding Jerusalem would be very visible in the distance, reminding them of the Temple and their God.
Israel’s history was already full of many accounts of God’s care and the wonders of God’s power and presence. With deep assurance, they proclaimed, “My help comes from the LORD who made heaven and earth.” That “help” was sure, complete and endless.
God often provides help through humans (see excerpt below); but there are times when God acts directly. In either situation, the prime mover is God. In most human beings there is a willingness to help, and the person who helps experiences some pleasure in doing so. Perhaps this could be called “The Common Grace of God” imparted by our Creator.
For Christians, the Bible is full of promises that God will help and sustain those who trust in God. Listen to Jesus’ words in John 14:15-16, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandment, and I will ask the Father and He will send you another Advocate (Helper) to be with you forever.”
We may proclaim with Israel, “Our help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
(Excerpts from an Associated Press article: “A Michigan officer who pulled over a vehicle because a 5-year-old girl wasn’t secured in a booster seat decided that a ticket wouldn’t ‘cut it’. Instead, Emmet Township public safety officer Ben Hall bought her a seat. ‘A ticket doesn’t solve the situation…. It was the easiest 50 bucks I ever spent.’
“‘It changed my life,’ DeLorenzo said. ‘I’m never going to forget him, and neither will my daughter.’”)
- Philip Anderson
Community Church of Alton and their interim pastor Sam Hollo
Grace and Hope Community Church, Andover, NH, a new church plant, & their pastor Karen Heavey
Antrim Baptist Church and their pastors Charlie and Cherryl Boucher