When In the Valley
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.”
The psalmist said, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills…” In order to look up to see the hills, the psalmist had to be in the valley. If the psalmist had been on the top of the hills he would have said, “Look over to the hills,” or “Look down to the valley.” It doesn’t really matter what valley the psalmist was enduring; all that matters is that he found the answer to not allow the valley to defeat him.
It is easy when you are going through the valley to allow the depth of the valley or the hardness of the valley to defeat your spirit. The purpose of the valley is not to defeat you, but one purpose of the valley is to get you to look up to see God. You are going to face valleys in your Christian walk and how you walk in the valley will determine whether you get out of the valley. Many people have unnecessarily died in the valleys because they didn’t take the advice from the verse above. The verse above gives great advice to any person who is walking in the valley. Let me share this advice with you.
First, look up. The psalmist said, “I will lift up mine eyes…” Too many believers look down when they need to look up. You can’t make it through the valley when you are looking down at how “bad” life is instead of looking up to find your hope. You will never see hope to get out of the valley while you are looking down; you will only see hope in the valley when you look up.
Second, look up and see the LORD. When the psalmist looked up, he saw that his help “cometh from the LORD.” You will never see the helping hand of the LORD by looking down, but when you look up you will see the hand of the LORD is there to help you just like Peter saw His hand when he was sinking in the sea.
Third, look up and realize there are better days ahead. You will never see there are more mountaintops to enjoy as long as you are looking down and dwelling on your problems. My friend, the valley is only a temporary situation on your journey that will take you to the mountaintops if you continue instead of quitting. No matter how bad your valley may be, you can always be assured there are better days ahead. Certainly, the valley can take you to deep depths, but there are better days ahead.
Fourth, look up and continue walking. Many believers have sat down in the valley because they never lifted up their eyes to see the hills. You will never see the encouragement to continue if you are looking down, but when you look up you can see to put one foot in front of the other. The top of the hills may seem to be a distance away, but you will never get closer to the next mountaintop unless you continue to take one more step.
Fifth, look up and see the needs of others. When you look up, you will find there are others in the same valley who you could help. You will never see the needs of others as long as you dwell on yourself. Look up while you walk in the valley and you will see there are many who God has given you to help in your valley.
Sixth, look up and realize the LORD is coming again. If there is any reason to look up, it is to realize that the LORD is coming again. As long as you have the hope of the LORD’s return, you have hope that the valley is not your final resting place.