If I’m not careful, I can easily get buried in today’s news reports: morning newspaper, morning and evening broadcast news, and news magazines. Especially with the events surrounding the terrorist attacks in Paris last month and, more recently, with ongoing, around the clock news coverage of what now appears to be the terrorist-inspired attack in San Bernardino, California last week, I could easily imagine that the news is where hope goes to die.
That is why, for my own daily devotional time as well as for my psychic and spiritual survival, I find it absolutely necessary to lift my eyes out of the daily news coverage to the sage wisdom that comes from a biblical perspective. For instance, just the other morning the Upper Room Daily Devotional drew my attention to Psalm 121: A Song of Ascents assuring God’s protection (NRSV):
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.
Ultimately, our help comes not in the form of heated rhetoric from political candidates, the might of military armaments, or banning persons of a certain faith or ethnic background from emigrating into our country. Our help comes from the LORD. So if we want to keep our heads above water (the waters of chaos), it’s time to take a deep breath, go to our knees and lift our eyes.
– Pastor Lee Neish
Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.