As a child was taught to memorize bible text sometimes even chapters, Psalms 121 is one of those chapters we memorized then and it became one of my favorite chapter to date it is an important text in my life. It is short and easy to learn yet it has timeless encouragement that is essential in our spiritual lives while in this world. It includes elements that we should know and observe as we journey in this world awaiting that joyous eternity. I would like to encourage you to learn of it memorize it and apply it and it will become a source of blessings to you as well.
Let me highlight the core guiding elements from this text that may be of help as you go through it. Let me know what else has struck your mind and could be of blessing to me and other readers.
(Ps 121:1 [KJV]) “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” Down here there is no help. We keep looking down here where we can only see God’s Creation (not the Creator) and evil forces the real source is upward not downward. So change your focus.
Verse 2 – “My help [cometh] from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” It will make the whole difference to recognize that, the LORD who is also the Creator of heaven and earth (which means all things) is the only one able to help us. It is the only sure source of help.
Verse 3 and 4 –“He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” In Him you cannot be shaken or moved you will remain steady and grounded. I like this part that He keeps watch he does not sleep the text is in fact written in future tense ‘WILL NOT SLUMBER’ this brings assurance of caring God, one who is not taking our affairs lightly, would not take chances with our lives.
Verse 5 – “The LORD [is] thy keeper: the LORD [is] thy shade upon thy right hand.” He is our keeper protector, in Him we shall be sustained, be guarded, be shaded from all sorts of dangers directed our way. His right hand is the guiding hand holding us and leading us to safety, the hand that provides protection over us. A Keeper is also a retainer, once in Him we can be securely placed comfortable and there will be no more reasons for us to wonder and roam.
Verse 6 – “The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.” The evils of the day and of the night will not have power of those who are in the LORD. Nothing harmful will sneak our way. Be it in the broad day light or even in dark hours of the night.
Verse 7 and 8 – “The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” Preservation is an important process that ensures things do not go bad. There are possibilities of us spoiling getting bad because we are after all living in a sinful world. In Him we shall be assured of that preservation. We will be protected from ALL the agents of decay (EVIL) and rotting that are looming around us. They will not have effect over those given to the LORD. Our soul will be secure in Him. Even in death we shall be sure of awakening call to eternal life. It is in our movements we encounter danger not while in our safety environment however, we can count on God to extend the same environment in our goings and comings.
These texts are loaded with hope and assurance in the LORD who created us and have an interest in us not for any other reason but because we belong to him he loves us dearly and working to restore us to the sinless state we once were. David saw that clearly and his psalm states his confidence in Jehovah. Do not look for care, protection and blessings down here, turn to God and live.
“We are in this world to honor God, and from every devising that would in any way tempt us to dishonor our Redeemer, we must turn away. In Christ we have before us the Pattern of all righteousness. He has pledged Himself to be our Guide, our Preserver, our Governor. . . .” – The Upward Look (E. G. White)
By A. Eliamani