Psalm 121: Revisited

Our scripture passage for the year is Psalm 121:

"I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever."

We looked at this Psalm in our first blog of 2021. I thought it was appropriate to come back and remind ourselves of this wonderful slice of Gods word. Psalms 120 through 134 are labeled “Songs of Ascent”, most likely sung by worshipers who are headed to Jerusalem for one of the feasts or special observances. It is a Psalm of confidence in our God. God never moves or changes but our confidence in him can certainly vacillate… because we are so…well….human. Israel needed to listen and reflect on their awesome God, and so do we.

Verses 3&4 say:

“The one who watches over you will not slumber…. Indeed he never slumbers nor sleeps”

Maybe you and I need that image more than ever… the chaos in our lives and the world seems relentless. This past month highlighted chaos in Afghanistan , chaos in a hurricane in Louisiana, chaos in a tornado in Mullica Hill, chaos in flooding in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York…. Many of you know chaos in your own personal lives… be it health, finances, family, worry, fear. If we are honest, we do wonder at times if the Lord is asleep at the wheel. It’s easy to let our thinking drift there… I'm sure the same could be said for ancient Israel. Thus, the Lord gave them and us, songs like Psalm 121!

The very existence of scripture Is a powerful reminder that God has given us his word to bless us, because he knows what his kids need, and loves us enough to keep giving it. Nothing encourages us like his infallible, flawless, life giving Word!

Keep lifting your eyes to the hills. When we do that we are looking above the chaos and confusion of the everyday. Our help comes from there, because it’s the Lord Almighty who resides there. He’s in control. He’s not sweating, and his brow is not furrowed, and he is not asleep.

I needed that reminder today.

Pete Nelson