Friday, March 21, 2014

My Help Comes from the Lord

Life is a journey with many trials and triumphs, ups and downs, and none of us can guarantee how our journey here on this earth will finish. But for those in Christ we can rest in the tireless care that comes from the Lord. Psalm 121 caused me to reflect on this idea earlier this week and I now encourage you to read it, meditate on it, and thank God for his tireless care over you.

My Help Comes from the Lord

A Song of mAscents.

121 vlift up my eyes to wthe hills.
From where does my help come?
xMy help comes from the Lord,
who ymade heaven and earth.

He will not zlet your foot be moved;
he who akeeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your bshade on your cright hand.
dThe sun shall not estrike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will akeep you from all evil;
he will akeep your life.
The Lord will keep
your fgoing out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

1 comment:

  1. Songs of ascents include laments. The lament here is in the first verse and answered by the second verse. In the first verse, the writer looks up to the hills surrounding Jerusalem and sees the high places, altars built to false gods. Perhaps there is smoke of sacrifices made there rising up from these places. High places were prized as being close to the gods. This would cause unease to someone faithful to the true God.

    Thus in verse two the writer contrasts with this his faith in the true God who made the very hills they are abusing with false worship and the heavens into which smoke form the high places rises.

    For us today, the balance of the psalm is our encouragement that when we see others worship whatever idols they have with the creation of the true God, we know that we must keep from such idols ourselves and know that our trust in God is not misplaced. He will not leave us or forsake us no matter what may come our way.