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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Psalm 121:1, 2

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"MY SOURCE OF HELP"
Intro: No matter how clever or resourceful you may be, sooner or later we reach a point where we must reach out for help.
I. WHERE DO YOU TURN FOR HELP?
A. Some turn to the mysterious power of a positive attitude.
1. The little red engine, "I think I can."
2. "They said it couldn't be done..."
3. A positive attitude is important, but it has its limitations, it is not omnipotent.
a. You may be facing a solid brick wall.
4. There are those who would interpret this verse by saying, "just look how strong and majestic those mountains are, now say, "I am strong and majestic, I shall endure."
B. Some always looking to friends for help.
1. They seem to make a habit of it.
a. Any little crisis and they cry that's it, that's the last straw, and to the phone they go.
b. Then they wonder why they can't keep a friend.
2. Being very practical, it is good to have friends you can call on.
a. They too have their limitations.
3. The psalmist said, "Help us O Lord, for vain is the help of man."
II. "MY HELP COMES FROM JEHOVAH."
A. What does looking to the hills have to do with it?
1. Psalms of ascents as Jews made their pilgrimage to Jerusalem for annual feast days.
a. So many would come through Jordan Valley.
b. Looking toward the hills would be looking to Jerusalem where they were to worship Jehovah.
B. "My help comes from Jehovah, the maker of heaven and earth."
1. There is an irrational way of looking at nature.
a. To look at nature and worship nature.
2. The rational way is to appreciate its beauty and complexity and worship the God who created it.
III. THE VALUE OF LOOKING TO GOD FOR HELP.
A. His availability, "He that keepeth thee will not slumber."
1. He is always there.
a. One of the problems of learning to rely on friends, not always there when you need them.
B. His ability, "The Lord is thy keeper."
1. So often we cry, "help Lord, I'm slipping."
a. "He will not suffer their foot to be moved."
2. "Lord, evil is about to overwhelm me!"
a. He shall preserve thee from all evil.
3. Now unto Him who is able.
Sermon Notes for Psalm 121 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Psalm 127 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Job 1:20-22 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Proverbs 1:7 Next Book →
CONTENT DISCLAIMER:

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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