I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. Psalm 121
I was laying there, in my open-backed gown, waiting for the nurse to put the IV in my arm. I was so nervous that I felt a little dizzy. I could feel my heart beating so intensely, I was almost embarrassed by it. It was just a routine procedure. Nothing to be afraid of. But I was scared. I just was. I was afraid of the outcome; I was nervous about the anesthesia; I was nervous by how nervous I was…that’s how bad my anxiety can be at times!
I went to grab my phone from my purse to send out one last “wish me luck” text, and that’s when I saw it; the small, white, leather-bound bible I keep on me at all times. I opened it up to Psalm 121, a verse that was previously discussed during church that past Sunday. As I read it, I felt a sense of peace. I felt calm. Those words jumped off the page and sank right into my soul. I knew I was going to be fine. God gave me assurance that He was going to stay by my side through it all and handle everything. He promised me that everything was going to run smooth and be okay.
And it was. It was perfect.
In fact, it couldn’t have gone any better. Not only did God come through with the procedure, but the results came back better than ever. I have never had a more positive outcome after one of my many, many procedures.
What I’m constantly remind of now days is what my pastor said at church that Sunday when he preached about Psalm 121. I don’t have the complete transcript, but what he said went something like this: God never promised that this world would be easy and we would be free from troubles. But because he sent His son, and because Jesus died on the cross, we will never be completely overcome by the evil of this world.
Will we have troubles? Yes? But because of what Jesus did, no evil can ever overtake us. We belong to God. And nothing can take that away.
The reason I was so comforted by this verse was because the truth of God’s deliverance and protection rang true in my heart. His word says “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” and “in this world we will have trouble, but take heart, for he has overcome the world”. Because of this, no evil can overtake me!
This world sucks. A lot. There is a lot of evil and injustice and pain and suffering. It’s not fair! Sometimes I feel like evil is going to swallow me whole. There are times where I feel like I going to die in my fears. Or sickness will take it’s toll. Or the corruption of this world will sink it’s teeth into my flesh.
But my help comes from the Lord.
Not from the “hills”. Not from temporary fixes and imaginary solutions. My help comes from God alone. Without Him, I wouldn’t make it out alive. Because of Him, we are overcomers and no evil can overtake us to the point of taking our souls out of His grasp.
Just remember this one thing, guys. No evil can overcome you. Ever. When your His, your His. And He won’t let you go.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
All praise to God,