Posted on February 24, 2016
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Here are the first two verses of Psalm 121, the School Psalm. Words said and sung throughout the year at Tintern Grammar. A Psalm repeated over decades of the schools past by generations of students. We even heard them sung by the combined Middle and Senior School choirs, accompanied by the Tintern Grammar Chamber Orchestra at the Cathedral Service last Sunday.
Psalm 121 was written as a travellers Psalm by a king in the Bible called David. It was written for those about to embark on a journey, people looking toward the future and the ‘hills’. We find the text raises concerns and then offers assurances. This text is 3000 years old and yet raises the relevant personal and communal question, ‘From where will my help come?’ In times of difficulty, danger, uncertainty and fear, where are we to seek help? Then verse two offers us the assurance, ‘My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.’ No less than the creator and sustainer of all things is where we are to put our trust.
As a school that sits at the foot of the hills, saying and singing this Psalm makes good sense. As we embark on this school year together – our journey as the Tintern Grammar community, I encourage you to consider the words of Psalm 121 and find assurance in it just as people have over the past 3000 years.
Grace and Peace
by Rev Alison