Friday, February 13, 2009

The Hills Upon Which We Live Or Die

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1-2)
I had a conversation with an judge yesterday as we talked about how to help a man get some treatment for substance abuse. The judge has to make sure the law is fulfilled, but wants this nonviolent criminal to have a chance at change.
The conversation turned to politics, then philosophy; the philosophy of change. The judge had been a conservative who considered being a preacher. I had been a liberal who considered becoming a lawyer. In the end, I made this statement, "The only time anyone really changes is when their hearts change, and only God can change hearts."
We look toward Capitol Hill for answers. The CNN headline reads, "How much stimulus $$ will you get?" Churches used to be built on the highest hill in the town, to draw people "up" to God. When David lifted his eyes to the hills, he may have been looking for an army, but then he looked beyond and realized that his help would come from the God who created the hills which he looked beyond and the same God created the heavens into which he gazed.