I have always been a beach person yet in our summer planning for this sermon series, “Up in the mountains or down at the coast”, I have somehow ended up preaching all mountain texts. I would much rather spend my time thinking about being down at the coast. In fact, I considered calling in my brother, who is a big mountain guy and also a Methodist pastor up in the mountains to do a pulpit swap for one of these mountain Sundays. Yes, I think the mountains are beautiful and I even enjoy a couple of trips a year in the mountains, I just prefer the beach. I am the type of person who believes that hiking mountains always sounds much more fun than it really turns out to be. For me, there is limited amount of fun in traversing up steep hills for hours in order to momentarily gain a beautiful view before traversing back down the steep hills.
This Sunday we will be examining Psalm 121, a Song of Ascent, which starts out “I lift up my eyes to the hills-from where will my help come?” Now, there are a couple of ways to interpret this verse, the first one being the hills being the source of our help. On the other hand, if you are like me you take a look at the hills and you see danger, tire, and difficulty, and exasperated you cry out from where will my help come!? Verse two asserts “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” You see, either way you choose to interpret verse one, the fact of the matter is that our help is in the Lord. Our help may lie with God in the mountains, or God’s help and protection may be what gets us up and down the mountains. When we lift up our eyes we lift them to see God as our protector, provider, and source of strength. I hope to see you in the heart of Cary as we lift up our eyes to delight in a God that is our protector and keeper.
Rev. Colin Snider