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Why did David lift his eyes to the hills? A new perspective on an old question
Psalm 121:1 says in the King James, I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. But David's help didn't really come from the hills, of course. Verse 2 says: My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Because of that confusion, later versions changed the punctuation. The ESV says, I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. That makes it a little clearer, but it doesn't answer the question. Why did David lift his eyes to the hills? I remember growing up hearing the answer that the hills represented strength, and God was strong. And I accepted that answer, and maybe it's right. But one time when I was reading Psalm 121, I began to think about David's life. It appears that David wrote this psalm after he was king, which means it was after he had spent a lot of time in those hills, the ones to which he was lifting his eyes. What had happened in those hills? For years, maybe