I Will Lift Up My Eyes

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“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1). Why is it important to raise our thoughts from the world around us and look to the Lord? How can this help us have a spiritual perspective on our purpose in life? And how can looking to the Lord give us strength?

One way we can learn about the Lord our God is through His Word. How do these passages from the Word direct our thoughts on our relationship with the Lord? What do they tell us about how we can look to Him in our lives?

  • The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might (Deuteronomy 6:4,5).
  • The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth (Psalm 145:8).
  • If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15).
  • The Lord is present with every person, urging and pressing to be received…. [A person receives Him] when He acknowledges Him as his God, Creator, Redeemer and Savior (True Christian Religion 766).
  • The prime thing of love to God and the neighbor is not to do evil, and the second is to do good (True Christian Religion 329).
  • The Lord starts to reign in a person when he not only believes that everything good and everything true comes from Him but also loves it to be so (Arcana Coelestia 8865).

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Further Thoughts

We look to the Lord by learning about Him, believing in Him, and then obeying His commandments. For believing in the Lord and loving Him, requires living from Him. And we can only live from the Lord when we live according to His Word and practice the spiritual principles He has given us.

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