PSALMS 121:1-8: “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.” NLT
OBSERVATION: Do I daily, moment by moment, remember God’s faithfulness? Is my faith anchored in a hope that is founded upon His great love? Am I aware of His presence each and every moment of my life?
Psalm 121 is known as a Song of Ascent. It was one of the Psalms that was sung and recited as those Jews who lived away from Jerusalem traveled to the Temple for the great feasts. As they looked forward with anticipation of celebrating the great feasts of the Lord they would sing and recount His faithfulness in their lives. They would also sing and recall their failures to trust in His love and faithfulness.
This Psalm begins with great contrast. In a cursory reading, one could miss it entirely. In fact, for years I would sing the chorus that was written from this Psalm and think of looking to the mountains as one who would admire the handiwork of God’s hands. Although this is a worthy thing to do, it is not what the Psalmist intended. When the Psalmist says – “I look to the mountains – does my help come from there?”, he was remembering Israel’s sin of worshipping in the high places.
The opening question was – “Who are you going to trust?”
This is the question we all must face as we begin each day of our lives. It does not matter whether you have been walking with Jesus for a few days or an entire lifetime. Each day begins with this question. Today – will I put my trust fully in the Lord? Today – will I remember His faithfulness in my life? Today – will I live a life that is filled with faith, hope, and love? Will we join the Psalmist as he declares –
“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!”
The contrast could not be any clearer. We can put our trust in the works of man’s (or our) hands, or we can put our trust in the one who created all things. The choice is so obvious. Why do we struggle so much with it? It is because to put our trust in the Lord we must exercise faith. Faith is established upon what God has done and it is anchored in what He has promised He will do.
It is the in-between of faith that we struggle with.
We can recount what He has done. Yet, during a difficult situation, we are unable to see what He is doing. Faith is the only thing that gives us insight into God’s actions in our life during these times. So, the Psalmist reminds us that God is always at work – especially when we do not see Him working!
- “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.”
Faith understands that God is always working on our behalf. He never falls asleep on the job. He is always watching over HIs people. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Each night there is a day coming. We do not see it but it is real nonetheless. Such it is with God’s faithful care for our lives.
- “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.”
Faith must believe that He is and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. This means that those who place their trust in the Lord will not be disappointed, They will not be burned by the circumstances of life. God will both protect them and redeem them. He is working all things toward His good purpose for those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose!
- “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.”
Faith sustains us through the entirety of our life. It brings us to salvation, guides us through sanctification, and is culminated in our full redemption (body, soul, and spirit)! Faith, in other words, takes us from life to life – both now and forever. It daily reminds us that God is not done with us yet. The things that He has promised are being worked out in our lives through faith. What the enemy has meant for evil He is redeeming and transforming into good. He is keeping watch over us both now and forever!
FAITH REMINDS US – GOD IS FAITHFUL, ALWAYS AND FOREVER!
Lord, this morning I choose to remember Your faithfulness. I choose to put my trust in You and You alone! Your Word says the just shall live by faith. Grant me the grace walk in faith today as I recall and remember Your faithfulness. Thank you for keeping watch over me – both now and forevermore!
In Jesus Name!