Psalm 121

Psalm 121 is another psalm of ascent that was sang as people walked to the temple to celebrate our great God.  This psalm focuses on God as our guardian.  “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”.  It’s a promise for the suffering – help comes from the Lord.  It begins with us lifting up our eyes though.  Far too often in the midst of trial or suffering we have our eyes cast down and don’t even look to the Lord for His strength and help.  We depend on self rather than claim God’s promise here.

God is faithful.  He will come to our aid, but we need to seek that help.  He is the creator of heaven and earth.  He is not limited or short of resources.  He merely needs us to look up and seek Him.  God’s help does not mean that He will always make things the way we want them to be though.  Scripture tells us “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber”.  Note it doesn’t say that He will take away all our challenges and struggles.  It doesn’t say that your circumstances will be changed.

What it does promise is that God will help us stay the course.  He’ll provide steady perseverance and strength.  The psalmist is not promising the absence of pain or even failure. But he is promising thatin the midst of adversity, the believer will be held up, not because of their own doing, but because of the preserving hand of God. No one can snatch God’s sheep out of his hand.  No one.  That is a perfect picture of God’s mercy and grace.  It is a promise that gives us courage for today and confidence for the future.  God is faithful.  He will not let our foot be moved!

Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep”.  Not only does He provide perseverance, He is constantly watching over us.  He never sleeps.  There is no hidden moments when God is not aware.  No blind spots in His coverage.  He is always there.  “The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand….The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore”.  He is our keeper.  He is faithful and never takes His eye off us.  His constant watchcare over us is a promise we can cling to and know to be true.  Thank you Lord for your love!

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