There’s just something about mountains.
The Psalmist, in Psalm 121, cast his eyes toward the mountains and asks the question, “Where does my help come from?” We can relate. Whenever we are in the mountains, especially if we don’t live there all the time, we are struck by their size and height. Mountains are impressive. They remind us just how small we are.
The biggest ones I have ever seen were the Swiss Alps. Several years ago, Teresa and I were blessed to lead worship at the European Baptist Convention with our friends Anita Renfroe and Luke Garrett. I don’t remember the songs we sang, but I’ll never forget the mountains we saw.
Psalm 121 is a psalm of ascent – meaning it was one that would have been sung and recited on the way to the temple. And as the pilgrims were traveling to Jerusalem – on a mountain itself – they were completely surrounded by mountains. As an evil imitation of the worship of Jehovah that happened at the temple, the pagan worshippers would build their altars high in the mountains. And as God’s children approached the city, they would see the clouds of smoke from the idol sacrifices all around.
In this context, their question seems to be, “Is the help I desperately need found in the gods of the worship I see in these mountains?” He answers his question in the next verse.“My help comes from the Lord.”
That’s why several hundred folks are gathered this week in the mountains of North Carolina for Worship Week at Ridgecrest. The beauty of this place reminds us of Creator God. It is such a special place – we could be tempted to ask the same question as the Psalmist.
But the help this week comes from the God of this mountain. We are here because He has promised to meet with us. We need His help… and He has promised to give it.
Maybe you could join us here this time next year. We are already working on plans for an awesome week of renewal.
But in the meantime, don’t look to a mountain for your help – no matter how impressive the smoke from the sacrifices to idols may seem.
Look to Jesus. He made the mountain.