Psalm 121:1 (KJV) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Emphasis Added).

Many of us have been praying this Psalm since March 16 – the first day we were on “lock-down” in this “China Virus Pandemic.” The Promise, Principle, Protection, and Presence presented in this Psalm provide great comfort to everyone who will allow God’s Word to penetrate his/her heart and overcome the temptation of fearing the “unseen” enemy!

It is the threat of an “unseen” enemy, or the perspective of fear that presents an illusion of the “unknown” and “unseen,” that hinders our ability to trust in our Unseen God Who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. It is important that we understand that the supernatural ability to believe in our Faithful, Unseen God is often “attacked” by the enemy of our souls to get us to “see” his lying illusion or threatening.

Therefore, we must be obedient to the admonition of God’s Word…

Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV) “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Emphasis Added).

We must practice “lifting our eyes” in victory – at ALL times!

Have you considered what the most important characteristic of an effective leader might be?  I believe it is “focus!”  Simply stated, we will not hit any target unless we aim accurately, and our focus is clear.

Consider this – what, besides inherent and tempered athletic ability, sets one football quarterback above his peers?  Is it his height?  Perhaps it is the fact that he can throw the football a great distance at a fast speed.  Maybe it is because he is more adept at getting behind his offensive protection – in other words, he remains in the “pocket” longer than other quarterbacks.  While this all may be true, I believe the ability to set his focus on the receivers and NOT the opposition is what makes the difference!

Do you recall when Elijah fell prey to the temptation to cast his focus on the circumstances around him rather than the God Who was above him as recorded in 1 Kings 19:1-3?

I find a very crucial statement in this setting…

1 Kings 19:3 (KJV) “And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there” (Emphasis Added).

Somehow, after Elijah saw the glory of God when God answered with fire on Mt. Carmel, Elijah lost his focus on God and “saw” what his enemy (Jezebel) said.  Elijah focused on the Threat instead of the Truth!

Peter fell prey to the same “spirit of distraction” …

Matthew 14:29-31 (KJV) And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Emphasis Added)

Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began to focus on the circumstances around him.  When he fell prey to the “spirit of distraction,” he immediately became afraid and began to sink into the deep waters of despair.  To his credit, however, he did have the spiritual sense to cry out to Jesus for help!  Others might have flailed about trying to save themselves instead of calling out to the only One who could help them!

Perhaps, Peter had this experience in mind when he wrote…

1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (Emphasis Added).

I believe Elijah grew in God’s grace and learned the lesson of not falling prey to the “spirit of distraction.”  God visited him and encouraged him with the reality that there were 7,000 faithful believers besides himself (1 Kings 19:18). Afterward, Elijah refocused on his mission and calling. He anointed Elisha with whom he walked and mentored to succeed him for when God called him home (2 Kings 2:1-15).

I believe Elijah passed the principle of being “spiritually focused” onto Elisha.  Elisha had a phenomenal spiritual insight.  As the Syrians were plotting war and destruction against Israel, God gave Elisha the ability to “see and hear” the plans that the king of Syria was making.  As the king of Syria gave orders to his army, Elisha would “hear” them and deliver the warning to the king of Israel.  After these plans were thwarted time and again, the king of Syria was informed that there was a prophet, Elisha, who had this extraordinary spiritual ability.

The king of Syria sent his army to apprehend Elisha and the army surrounded the city of Dothan.  As Elisha’s servant looked out and saw the massive army sent to apprehend Elisha, he cried out in alarm.  Elisha did not even get up to look out!  You see, he would NOT allow himself to be distracted!!

Elisha had another reason for not being alarmed or distracted – he had “spiritual focus!”  He did not focus on the problem – the enemy’s army.

Elisha focused on God, and the army God had sent…

2 Kings 6:15-17 (KJV) “And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (Emphasis Added).

I chuckle every time I read these Scriptures!  Elisha was not alarmed by the potential threat; but, rather turned the threat into God’s opportunity. He prayed that the Lord would open the eyes of his servant and the Lord did.  He prayed that the Lord would blind the eyes of the Syrian army and the Lord did.  When God, through Elisha, was done with this army – the king of Syria did not send any more armies!

You might recall that I began our “Daily One Call” on July 13 with…

Children of the KING, it would be easy to be overwhelmed and overcome by what we “see” playing out in our world today! Everywhere we turn we “see” and “hear” bad news. You see, the enemy of our souls can only perform “lying wonders!” AND, his “lying wonders” only work if the “Truth” remains hidden.

In this “China Virus Pandemic,” AND always, let us review today’s Scripture text again…

Psalm 121:1 (KJV) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Emphasis Added).

The Psalmist is saying, “I see the large hills that seem like mountains in front of me.  My help will come from God Who is bigger than these mountains!

Correct “spiritual focus” enables every believer to “see” that God is ALWAYS bigger than the “mountain” that is in front of them.  Therefore, in every situation, “I will lift up my eyes!” I highly recommend that you do the same!