September 8, 2020
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 8 September 2020
Psalm 121:1-2 reads, "I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Where would any of us be without the help of the Lord God? The grace of God is what allows us to experience good things and good times. James 1:17 declares, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
The old cliché that “God helps those who help themselves” is not biblical. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). “Nothing” means not a thing of eternal, spiritual, ultimate value. God helps those who humble themselves and call upon his name, and when we do so, He does not give in such a manner as to find fault in us for our shortcomings. He is always ready to give new blessings. For instance, those who receive wisdom from God (Jas 1:5) are able to perceive life with his understanding and can, thereby, anticipate his blessings in life.
The testimony “my help comes from the LORD“ affirms divine provision in all the dimensions of life where help is needed: emotional, physical, and spiritual. The statement of trust came from the psalmist as he traveled to Jerusalem for the purpose of worshipping God at the Temple on Mount Zion. Jerusalem is situated atop Mount Zion and is, therefore, an upward journey due to the elevation. The “mountains” are those upon which the holy city resides. The psalmist reminded himself that his help was the Creator of the mountains, in addition to the entirety of heaven and earth (cf. 124:8). God alone has the unlimited power to create heaven and earth, and it is his exclusive ability to enable his people to live triumphantly.
How can you receive divine assistance to empower and guide you? First, trust exclusively in the Lord, which is what the psalmist did when he considered God, the Creator of heaven and earth, from whom his help would come. Trust in God means looking beyond self and others, and being dependent upon the Lord as the exclusive source of empowerment in living the Christian life.
Second, recognize that by his divine power, God “has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Pet 1:3). God’s Word – the Holy Bible – is entirely sufficient to provide divine grace for all who will receive it. Only by looking to Scripture is one able to know the Lord’s sufficiency for therein He has truly revealed himself. If one is to receive divine empowerment, he or she must hear and heed the holy and inspired Word of God.
Lastly, depend upon the Lord in every respect. One of the greatest challenges of the Christian life is not to live by one’s own strength; rather, it is to know personally the power that God provides (John 15:5). Know that God’s “grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9). Grace is God’s provision for every need when his people need it. To the degree you know your weakness, the more you will be ready to experience God’s power.
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
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