Saturday, December 1, 2012

Psalm 121:1–4

"I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps."


The psalmist looks to the mountains, seemingly so strong and stable. Can his help come from there? No, his help comes from the One who created those mountains, and the whole earth and heavens besides! When tempted to trust only in earthly things, go deeper, to the true Source of any power and solidity there is. The One who watches over you and over all his people, constantly, without even a nanosecond of pause, is eager to come to your aid.

2 Samuel 22:26–27

"'To the faithful you show yourself faithful;
to those with integrity you show integrity.
To the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.'"


Our perception of God is colored by our own character. God doesn't change, but our ability to perceive his character is linked to who we are. Perhaps this is why God wants us to become more and more like him: so we can know him more fully. Jesus said that to know God truly brings eternal life (John 17:3). How do you experience God? What does that say about you? What in your own character might you want to work on prayerfully? (For instance, if you struggle with his goodness, how good are you?)