My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2
Rebecca and Russell’s doctors told them they couldn’t have children. But God had other ideas—and ten years later Rebecca conceived. The pregnancy was a healthy one; and when the contractions started, the couple excitedly rushed to the hospital. Yet the hours of labor grew long and more intense, and Rebecca’s body still wasn’t progressing enough for delivery. Finally, the doctor decided she needed to perform an emergency C-section. Fearful, Rebecca sobbed for her baby and herself. The doctor calmly assured her, saying, “I will do my best, but we’re going to pray to God because He can do more.” She prayed with Rebecca, and fifteen minutes later, Bruce, a healthy baby boy, was born.
That doctor understood her dependence on God and His power. She recognized that although she had the training and skill to do the surgery, she still needed God’s wisdom, strength, and help to guide her hands (Psalm 121:1–2).
It’s encouraging to hear about highly skilled people, or of anyone, who recognize they need Him—because, honestly, we all do. He’s God; we’re not. He alone “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). Let’s have a humble heart to learn from Him and to trust Him in prayer “because He can do more” than we ever could.
How have you gained an understanding of your own need for God and His power? How is this dependence seen in your daily life?
I need You and Your wisdom and power, God, for decisions, skill, work, relationships—all of my life.
Psalm 121 is one of fifteen “songs of ascent” sung by the people of Israel as they walked together to the high ground of their temple-city (ch. 120–134). Three times a year, Jewish worshipers traveled in groups from their scattered communities to Jerusalem for the annual feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles (Deuteronomy 16:16). For such a journey, the opening words of Psalm 121 seem to reflect the fears and hopes of travelers making their way uphill on winding and dangerous footpaths toward the mountaintop city of God. Their confidence was not in these mountains, however. Their hope was in the Creator who, in both life and death, is able to protect His people. Their songs echo the words of Jeremiah who wrote, “Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel” (Jeremiah 3:23 kjv).
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