I look up to the mountains
Does my strength come from the mountains?
No, my strength comes from God
Who made heaven and earth, and the mountains

for King & Country, “Shoulders”

For King & Country’s song, “Shoulders” opens with a nod to the beginning of Psalm 121.

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.

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

While for King & Country restate the opening of Psalm 121, I like their declaration, “No, my strength comes from God who made heaven and earth, and the mountains.” While reading Psalm 44 today, I thought about where our help comes from. Indeed, I thought about how every good and perfect gift is from God above. Specifically, when I read Psalm 44:6-7, I thought about how careful we must be to remember where our help comes from.

I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame.

Psalm 44:6-7 (NIV)

It’s easier to point to God when something good happens that we didn’t have anything to do with. For example, we know God did it when we get money we didn’t expect. However, after working 45 hours a week, when we get that overtime pay, we expect it because we earned it. Yet, do we consider that God gave us the job in the first place? That whatever skills we have came from God? It’s not only in work-related issues where we might forget where our help comes from. A student might study hard to earn that A. Did the grade come because the student studied hard? Yes and no. It was God who provided the wisdom and understanding, and it was God who provided the time and inclination to want to study. Consider the football player who scores a goal or the athlete with the world record. It was God who allowed them to excel.

I think the best way to remember that our help comes from the Lord is to develop a heart of praise and thanksgiving. We create a spirit of praise and thanksgiving by thanking God. We can thank God from when we wake up to when our heads hit the pillow. When we first wake up and thank God, we acknowledge that it was God, not an alarm clock, that woke us up. As we go through the day, we thank God. Thank God for everything. From the water for your morning shower, the teeth you get to brush, to the transportation you have to get to wherever you need to go.

There are so many things we can thank God for that once we get a mindset of thanksgiving, we can truly see that our help comes from the Lord.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe you died on the cross and were buried, and God the Father raised you from the dead on the third day. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.