1 I lift up my eyes to the hills;*
from where is my help to come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,*
the maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved*
and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4 Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel*
shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5 The LORD himself watches over you;*
the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
6 So that the sun shall not strike you by day,*
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;*
it is he who shall keep you safe.
8 The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in,*
from this time forth for evermore.
This is one of the Psalms appointed for today in the Book of Common Prayer. It remains one of my favorite after years of reading scripture. It is one of the Psalms of Ascent, and it is one that you hear in funerals all over the mountains of Western North Carolina. These hills are known as holy places to generations of folks, and where better to look for help from the Creator than in the midst of these hills.
I am reminded that when I lift up my eyes and look at the whole vista, that I have better perspective than when i am looking down at my feet and seeing sluggish movement on a couple of feet of ground. There are times when the small details are important; but when in need of hel and hope, the big picture delivers.
Today, lift up your head, take a look around, and you will see that taking the long view delivers.