By Lauren Luckey (Worship Associate)
Psalm 121 has always stood out to me as a passage to hold on to, especially during difficult moments in my life. Within the last year especially, this chapter has become an anthem as I’ve prayed for a close friend.
We’ve all had times where we find ourselves facing obstacles that seem overwhelming. In the middle of the obstacles of life, God’s Word promises to be a lamp for our feet and a light for our path, providing the clarity and comfort we need for every step (Psalm 119:105).
What a blessing! Take a moment and read this amazing passage:
Psalm 121 (ESV)
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. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 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.
Charles Spurgeon called this particular Psalm the “traveler’s hymn” because it was sung by pilgrims on the way to the temple in Jerusalem. If you place yourself in the shoes (or sandals) of these Israelites, you can understand the perils they might have faced along their journey; attack from enemies in the valley, sleepless nights keeping watch, harsh sun by day and cold temperatures at night. The danger of harm was very real! Greater still was the reality of their God and His promises!
God is our Help!
Just like the Israelites, our response to our surroundings and circumstances should be, “I lift up my eyes.” When we look around us and keep our focus on what is against us, we miss seeing the One who is for us. Our help comes from the LORD! How reassuring! Right now, in this very moment, the LORD sees where you are and knows what help you need and promises to supply it at just the right time. Look up! Choose to fix your eyes on the Helper!
God is our Keeper!
Six times in this chapter King David uses a form of the word “keep.” David makes an astounding proclamation... not only does the LORD help but the LORD sustains! The Hebrew word used here alludes to the idea of guarding, protecting and preserving. You and I can be assured that our God not only provides help in moments but He keeps us for the entire journey!
Today, let your heart be reminded that God sees you right where you are and He promises to be your help and your Keeper… look to Him!