PSALMS 121:1-8: “I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: It is rare when every verse of a chapter in the Bible speaks so poignantly to my life. As I read a new version of the Bible each year, it is from a blank copy of the Scriptures. No underlining or notes. As I read, I underline verses that speak to me at the moment. This morning I found myself underlining each and every verse of this Psalm. Here are my meditations on each verse in this chapter. I encourage you to read and meditate upon all of these verses too. You will find that the Lord will reveal things to you that He did not to me. It is such a wonderful Psalm!
- “I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:1-2 NKJV
The greatest downfall to the Jewish nation was idol worship. When the Psalmist says, “I will lift my eyes to the hills – From whence comes my help?”, he is not speaking of taking a moment to gaze upon the grandeur of the hills of Jerusalem. He is reminded of the high places, where idol worship continued to limit the growth and blessings of God upon his people.
The first two verses are a statement of contrast. He looks to the hills and then he looks to the heavens. Where will he put his trust? Where will his help come from? He chooses to lean only upon the Lord. There is no help in idols made of wood, metal, or stone. The old hymn proclaims it so well – “Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness…On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
As this world looks frantically toward doctors, scientists, and politicians, to solve this current world pandemic, we are called to look to the Lord. God will use all of the above to care for His people. Yet, our hope, our trust, our faith must be in the Lord who made heaven and earth. God is so gracious to remind us of this important truth!
- “He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalms 121:3-4 NKJV
God has a purpose for my life! As I delight in Him, His purposes will be established! In Psalm 23 we are reminded how He orders and directs each footstep that we take – “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4 NKJV.
We have a Good Shepherd that leads us in good times and bad times. He goes before us. He guides us in that pathway that is basking in the light of life, and in the darkness of the shadow of death. He does not allow our foot to be moved as we delight in Him. And, He never grows weary. He never takes a day off. He never turns His ear away from the cries of our heart.
I think of the words of the Apostle Paul, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” II Timothy 2:13 NKJV
He is always faithful, loving, merciful, compassionate, and present. He will never leave or forsake us, no matter what the pathway might be that we find ourselves upon. He will not allow our foot to be moved!
- “The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.” Psalms 121:5-6 NKJV
The work keeper in the Hebrew means protector. It literally means to put a hedge of thorns around something to be protected. In my life I have faced many physical trials. I have had numerous bouts with pneumonia, I have had heart valve replacement surgeries, and numerous surgeries and complications resulting from the medications that I have to take. Yet, in all of these things, the Lord has been both my healer and my protector.
I am confident that the enemy cannot steal one day of life that God has ordained for me to complete on this earth. I don’t know how many days He has ordained. Yet, I know that through them all He will be my keeper. He will protect me on the journey of life. I will not be overcome by the fiery darts of the enemy, by the scorching sun of trial, or by the lonely darkness of a prolonged journey.
The Lord is my Shepherd! He guards and keeps me. His rod corrects me when needed, and it also beats back the attacks of the enemy. And, His staff guides me in the pathway of righteousness, and gently pulls me back when I wander away. God is more invested in my fruitfulness and blessing than I am. Praise His Holy Name!
- “The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.” Psalms 121:7 NKJV
The enemy of our souls may attack us, but the Lord will not allow his intentions of evil to overcome us! Joseph is a wonderful reminder of this truth. His brothers sold him into slavery, he was falsely accused and imprisoned, he was forgotten by those who he had helped, and yet the Lord rescued him and fulfilled His promises to him. After all was said and done, Joseph was able to say this to the very brothers who had betrayed him.
“…Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:19-20 NKJV
I believe every prayer that Jesus prayed, was or will be answered! In His High Priestly Prayer, Jesus asked the Father, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” John 17:15 NKJV. The Father will keep us from all the evil intentions of the enemy. He will redeem everything that happens in our life for His good purposes. And, He will not allow our souls to be overcome in the process. In Jesus Christ – we are Overcomers!
- “The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.” Psalms 121:8 NKJV
In all of life God is with us. He goes before us, He walks with us, and He guides us finally to our eternal home with Him. I love the word – “forevermore.” There have been times when it felt like the Lord was not with me. David felt this way too. There are many Psalms where he bears his heart in his time of need. Yet, Jesus took upon Himself the penalty of our sin. When He did He removed the power and pain of separation. Through His death and resurrection, He has restored us to the Father. And, we are His children – forevermore.
When Jesus cried out – “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”, He did this so that we would never have to experience this sense of hopelessness and pain. When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord we are accepted in the beloved! We are children of God! And, He will preserve our going out and our coming in – “…from this time forth, and even forevermore.”
The final breath of life here on earth is not the end for the child of God. It is merely the step from this time forth into our forevermore. We can walk in this confidence. Death no longer has a sting. We do not need to fear in the midst of a pandemic. We know who holds our hand. He is with us in this time, and He will be with us forevermore!
Lord, Your Word is such a comfort, such an anchor, such a restorer for my soul. Thank you for Your very great and precious promises. Grant me the grace to walk in them by the power of Your Holy Spirit. And, grant me the grace to be a living testimony of Jesus Christ so that others too may experience Your great love!
In Jesus Name!