Where Does Your Help Come From?

January 24, 2021

Where Does Your Help Come From?

Psalm 121:1-8
Pastor Terry Wilcox


The Hebrew word for “help” is ezer, which pertains to , , and .

Psalm 121 is the sequel to Psalm 120 which gets us started on the way of Christ through the gateway of .



Two Common Errors of Those on the Road Toward God

  1. God will  us from the  of life in this world. 
    John 17:11
  2. When bad things happen to us, we think God has  us. 
    Romans 8:38-39



What About the Mountains?

  1. To me:  beautiful, majestic, and steadfast
  2. But 3,000 years ago, the Hebrews practiced pagan worship on the hilltops.

The psalmists’ question is: “Does your help come from Baal, or Asherah, or the sun , or the  priestess?”

The answer is: “NO! My strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and the mountains.”

Jeremiah 3:23
Psalm 121:3-6



They Faced Three Areas of Risk

  1. “Foot slipping” = 
  2. Psalm 121:6 “sun will not harm you” = 
  3. The moon = ancient writers called it “moonstroke”, in modern times it called  life’s pressures, emotional distress, anxiety

Psalm 121 rejects the worship of nature, stars, and mountains.

Our help comes from the , not the !


The Bible is realistic and honest, it does not suggest that we are exempt from life’s difficulties. 

What the Bible does promise is our  from Satan and the evil in this world. 

I Corinthians 10:13

Five times in Psalm 121 God is referred to by the personal name Yahweh, translated as Lord.  Eight times he is described as the one who watches over or guards us. 

Psalm 121 helps us not to make the mistake of thinking God’s interest in us is .
Satan’s lies of condemnation and doubt don’t stand up to God’s truth. 

Romans 8:1-2
Colossians 3:15-16



Believers Experience the Problems of Life.
The Difference Is:

  1. We know we are  by God!
  2. We know God is  us!
  3. We know we are  by God and He guards from evil.



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