Psalm 121:2

 

EXPOSITION

Verse 2. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. What we need is help, -- help powerful, efficient, constant: we need a very present help in trouble. What a mercy that we have it in our God. Our hope is in Jehovah, for our help comes from him. Help is on the road, and will not fail to reach us in due time, for he who sends it to us was never known to be too late. Jehovah who created all things is equal to every emergency; heaven and earth are at the disposal of him who made them, therefore let us be very joyful in our infinite helper. He will sooner destroy heaven and earth than permit his people to be destroyed, and the perpetual hills themselves shall bow rather than he shall fail whose ways are everlasting. We are bound to look beyond heaven and earth to him who made them both: it is vain to trust the creatures: it is wise to trust the Creator.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Verse 2. -- My help cometh from the Lord. I requite to remember that my, help cometh from the Lord, not only when seemingly there is no outward help from men or otherwise, but also and especially when all seems to go well with me, -- when abundance of friends and help are at hand. For then, surely, I am most in danger of making an arm of flesh my trust, and thus reaping its curse; or else of saying to my soul, "Take thine ease", and finding the destruction which attends such folly. --Alfred Edersheim.

Verse 2. -- Maker of heaven and earth, and therefore mighty to help. --James G. Murphy.

 

HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS

Verse 2. -- The Creator the creature's helper.

Verse 2. --

  1. God is his people's "help".
  2. He helps them in proportion as they feel their need of his help.
  3. His help is never ill vain. "My help cometh." not from the earth merely, or the skies, but "from the Lord, which made heaven and earth". Isaiah 40:26-31 .

--G.R.