Unto The Hills Around Do I Lift Up

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, 
from whence cometh my help. 
My help cometh from the LORD, 
which made heaven and earth.
- Psalm 121:1-2 -

Unto the hills around do I lift up my longing eyes
O whence for me shall my salvation come, from whence arise?
From God, the Lord, doth come my certain aid,
From God, the Lord, who heaven and earth hath made.

He will not suffer that thy foot be moved: safe shalt thou be.
No careless slumber shall His eyelids close, who keepeth thee.
Behold, He sleepeth not, He slumbereth ne’er,
Who keepeth Israel in His holy care.

Jehovah is Himself thy Keeper true, thy changeless Shade;
Jehovah thy Defense on thy right hand Himself hath made.
And thee no sun by day shall ever smite;
No moon shall harm thee in the silent night.

From every evil shall He keep thy soul, from every sin;
Jehovah shall preserve thy going out, thy coming in.
Above thee watching, He Whom we adore
Shall keep thee henceforth, yea, forevermore.
- John Douglas S. Campbell -

The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; 
the world, and they that dwell therein.

For he hath founded it upon the seas, 
and established it upon the floods.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? 
or who shall stand in his holy place?

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; 
who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, 
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is the generation of them that seek him, 
that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; 
and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; 
and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? 
The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; 
even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; 
and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? 
The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Psalm 24

The more we pursue God's majesty and greatness,
the greater becomes our strength to live victoriously.

Each day we need to take time to look away from ourselves
and our petty complaints and focus our attention on our Creator God.
Someone has observed that it is usually not so much the greatness of our troubles
as the littleness of our spirit that makes us disgruntled complainers.

A worthy starting point is to find inspiration from some part of God's creation.
For the psalmist, it was looking at the hills all around him,
reminders of God's power and authority.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace -

Every day I will praise you 
and extol your name for ever and ever. 
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; 
his greatness no one can fathom.
- Psalm 145:2-3 -

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: 
be not dismayed; for I am thy God: 
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
 yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
- Isaiah 41:10 -

Blessing and love to you 
on this wonderful Lord's Day!


Andrea Ostapovitch said...

There is nothing like getting outdoors into God's great creation to remind us how beautiful our lives are...Have a wonderful Sunday!

Hugs, Andrea

Sylvia said...

Beautiful, just Beautiful, Stephanie. Love the verse and poem.
Hope you and your family are well. I miss your sweet Mother!

Karen said...

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. Amen! A very lovely post, Stephanie. Thank you.

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful post and my favorite verse in Psalms. I asked that it be read at my brother's funeral because we lived in the hills of PA. Have a sweet, wonderful, blessed Sunday- xo Diana

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...

Just Lovely

mamasmercantile said...

Another uplifting post. The views were amazing, such a pleasure to visit. Have a wonderful week.

Visits With Mary said...

I read that this was one of Billy Graham's favorite scriptures. I have his devotion that is titled, 'Unto the Hills.' So appropriate for this time of his passing.

magnoliasntea said...

eautiful post, Stephanie, I've heard there's a BIBLE written in nature, and i think it's true. Only the Lord of glory can create.
Have a great week!

Anne Payne said...

Gorgeous photos, Stephanie!!! In person, it must be so breathtaking to behold God's majesty like that. Thanks for sharing these images with beautiful words and Scriptures. Love & hugs, my friend. :-)

krishna said...

Very beautiful post! love and hugs..

hobbyloes said...

Beautiful post, love the verse and poem. Specially the first Psalm, the second verse is dear to me, since the Lord saved me for a horrible accident.
Have a blessed week,

Danielle Marie said...

Such a lovely post, Stephanie! Oh how I adore your blog! :)

Rose L said...

Great vista shots. Where were they taken, assuming all in same area. I am always so in awe of what God created for us to enjoy.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Beautiful post and pictures! I remember years ago when my hubby preached on this verse he pointed out that many people read this as a QUESTION . . . 'where does my help come from?' when in fact, it's NOT a question. It's a statement . . . I lift my eyes up to the hills WHERE MY HELP COMES FROM. Maybe not a big deal but I love reading it the second way -- it's with conviction and confidence :) Hope your week is off to a great start! We had 53 degrees today and 60 tomorrow!! Woo Hoo!!

Paige said...

Thank you for sharing such uplifting posts! :) I haven't heard the song based on the Psalm before; perhaps I should look it up! Your photos are AMAZING and make me want to visit wherever they were taken!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Thank you for this lovely and uplifting post, dear Stephanie. Such beautiful views of God's amazing creation, too! Sending you hugs and blessings for your week. xo Karen

HWIT BLOGG said...

What a beautiful post...lovely pictures!
Love from Titti

Dianna said...

What a lovely post, dear Stephanie. Not only the psalms you have shared and the wisdom about why we complain, but also the photography. Are these all pictures you've taken of the world around you? They are stunning! xx

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful post, in words and your lovely pictures. God has blessed us with such a Gorgeous country!!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What beautiful verses and photos, sweet Stephanie, and such good advice on looking away from ourselves and our own pettiness and complaints and look towards Our Heavenly Father! Love this!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my, these pictures are so pretty, Stephanie. Beautiful skies, clouds, mountains, and trees. And snow! Nature gives us so much peace, if only we take time to dwell in it. : )


Olivia Bell said...

What a lovely post, I adore the Psalms, especially the one you had here. {{smiles}} And the scenery you photographed was gorgeous!

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