This Psalm is also a song of Ascent as the previous one. Christian Living is not merely living according to the mores and times but being squarely ‘rooted and built in him, and stablished in the faith’, goes far back in time which is what His foreknowledge would mean. His ways towards us are as consistent as was with Enoch in his generation or with Abraham. This consistency draws us to the eternal word which covers us. Thus Alpha Omega of eternity the beginning and the ending are of particular relevance to us. He has beset us so our lives are guaranteed as life of Job was when Satan challenged God. He would have caused great many losses in worldly goods and to some extent in the physical well-being of Job but of his salvation was never in doubt. It is thus with us. All we require is patience. “Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me(Ps.139:5).”
When Hannah sings, ‘pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them (1 Sa.2:8).” she is referring to his sovereignty. The moral foundation of a Christian instructs him how to walk with God daily and Enoch’s case is no different from us. Our case as to our future is no different from Abraham. “By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:(He.11:9)” it is a pilgrim’s progress when he begins and ends with Him. Where is he going? Like the patriarch we look for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God(v.10)”
In this context we shall appreciate v.1, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. This city is founded on the Rock of Ages. “His foundation is in the holy mountains./2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob./3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah(Ps.87:1-3).
This psalm exhorts us to look to him as keeper of our salvation “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it (1 Thes.5:24)“.
There are few other areas in which he has assured us. Because He is eternal we can rest in His promises. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever(He.13:8)”.
The Holy Spirit is the keeper of time. How he dealt with Old Simeon helps us understand his role in setting each one us in the Salvation Plan of God. “….And it was revealed unto him (Simeon) by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ./27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,/28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,/29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:/30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation(Lk.2:25-30)”,
As keeper of my paths he keeps me from falling. ‘The Lord is my shepherd Ps.23).”
Jesus Christ as the author and finisher of my faith has promised “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee (De.31:6)”. Jesus as the Rock of salvation gives us an insight into the Power and Wisdom of God. “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever(Ps.125:2)”.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.