Psa 121:1-5 “A Song of degrees. 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. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.”
‘Cometh’, that ‘eth’ means continual. My help just keeps coming. He continually keeps me. He just never stops. Our salvation is always in the present.
I love the hills. My favorite hills are found in the Word of the Lord, Mt. Sinai, Mt. Zion, and the Mt. of Olives.
Mt. Sinai was the podium that God used to give the people the Ten Commandments. They were not the ‘Ten Suggestions’. Oh no. They were the Ten Commandments and they are still for today. To be guilty of breaking any of those laws required a blood sacrifice. Thus, the blood of animals continually flowed. ‘All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.’ The law still stands today. God has not changed it. Mt. Sinai is not a comforting place. To break one law is to be guilty of all ten.
My wife and I started the first church in the capitol city in Liberia. Now, there are 12 churches. The original church is running over 700 today. Attending that church is the president of the country. There are also four senators attending. There are also a college and a university, various schools, etc. When you give to God, He keeps it growing.
We were some of the youngest missionaries ever appointed. I had to learn to fly an airplane in order to get to the area in Africa where they were to serve. A thick book of rules of flight was given to me when I first learned. It was not given for my enjoyment; it was given for the safety of those below.
(Pastor Latta was nicknamed the ‘Godfather of West Africa’.)
There are men and women in prison today because they didn’t like to keep the rules. God gave ten rules of law and order. He meant them, not as suggestions, but commandments.
To be guilty of breaking just one commandment brought the whole thing down on you. Sacrifices were made daily because somebody couldn’t keep the rules. One day, in a church service like this one, somebody talked about another mountain, a hill called Calvary where the ultimate sacrifice was made for our sins. We can be made new because of Him and His sacrifice on Calvary.
He touched my heart and soul and washed me in His blood and took the fear of Sinai. Now, it’s a friend. You can come to Calvary and leave clean and washed. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.
The Mt. of Olives is part of our hope. You don’t live for God all of your life and then die and then, there’s nothing. Here is where Jesus took His disciples and promised His Spirit and that He would come back and take them with Him. He is going to do what He said He would do. He is coming back for those that have been to Calvary, washed in the blood. We are so close to that day when Jesus comes back for His own.
If Sinai scares you, you can take a trip to Calvary and be forgiven and washed clean. A man can’t direct his own steps. He needs Jesus. We all do.
Mt. Sinai, Calvary, and the Mt. of Olives, ‘I will lift up mine eyes, unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.’ It doesn’t matter how evil you are, you can come to Calvary and be cleansed and set free.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Pastor Samuel Latta.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.