Having grown up in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, Psalm 121 has always been a favorite: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills.” We were literally surrounded by mountains. In the distance on either end of the valley the mountains cascaded over each other in infinite shades of blue and green. As we looked southeast towards Mt. Hagen, we could see the rugged mountain range over which the first missionaries walked bringing the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ to the people of the Enga Province.
Psalm 121, the psalm for the Second Sunday of Lent, is one of the “Song of Ascents.” The Song of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) were sung by pilgrims as they journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate the great Jewish festivals. They were so-called because Jerusalem is the highest point in Judea, so pilgrims would always be walking uphill as they approached the city.
As you listen and meditate upon this psalm today, thank God for the mountains in your life trusting that God will bring His help, comfort, and aid through and over them.
In the next week or two I will post a video of some children from Papua New Guinea singing a song thanking the missionaries for “breaking through the mountains” in order to bring the Good News to them.