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The Distant Hills 031711

Psalm 121

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Psalm 121

1I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?

2My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

3He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

4He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

5The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

6The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

7The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

8The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Isaiah 51:1-3

51Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many. 3For the Lord will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

2 Timothy 1:3-7

3I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.

6For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by 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.

The Distant Hills 031711

 

Many people, myself included, feel most comfortable living and farming in hill country, where the vista is usually shortened by encroaching hills, and only by climbing a hilltop can one gather a view of a greater distance.

 

Today’s Psalm has always spoken to me, and today it will be repeated several times as I work. It was used as a Psalm at the funerals of several relatives, and was a comfort to many.

 

In the hurry and excitement of spring, today is a good day for singing it today, because

1I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?

2My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

 

Peace

 

(brother) Bill

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