“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.”
The background for this psalm runs akin to our situation today. Humans from all over were replacing worship of the true God with worship of false gods (idols). Sound familiar? Some of the gods they worshipped include the god of fertility, god of insects, god of frogs, etc. Some of the gods worshipped today include money, sex, power, etc. Some of their so-called gods required infant sacrifices, some form of prostitution, and many other rituals limited only to the creativity of depraved mankind. Some idolatrous practices today include various forms of self-absorption, greed, self-centered ascension, deception, all forms of depravity, etc. We may compare their idol worship with that of today and say, “At least we don’t participate in infant sacrifice.” Not so fast! The infant sacrifice in this day-and-age is made manifest through abortion. Many of their idols were erected in areas referred to as high places. These idolaters would ascend on hilltops so as to get closer to their worthless gods. While today’s idol worshippers don’t necessarily go to high places, many choose to get high on drugs as a way of escape. They hide in dark corners to feed their lustful minds with various forms of pornography. They neglect their families in their quest for wealth, etc. As I give away my position on the matter by referring to them as worthless idols, the psalmist has quite a lot to teach us even while using very few words. The idolaters were ascending to these high places in order to receive “help” from these gods, which were made of wood or stone, by manipulating them with whatever sacrifice was required. The psalmist, however, is acknowledging that our only help comes from the one true God who is not found in the high places of idol worship. Rather, He is the one who created the mountains, the seas, and the universe in all of its glory and splendor. Therefore, let us participate in the true call for worship of God Most High by proclaiming the message of the gospel to all who will listen.