Psalm 121

Psalm 121

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My Help Comes from the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

121   I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
  My help comes from the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
  He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
  Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
  The LORD is your keeper;
    the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
  The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
  The LORD will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
  The LORD will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

(ESV)


Psalm 121 Commentary

by Hank Workman

The journey of faith of which we walk is one of valleys and mountains.  We have experienced both.  Yet it is in the valleys, even the “Valley of the Shadow of Death” the great hope to which we cling is manifested.  For even when we sense we have never been so alone or so isolated there is one thing for certain:  Our God watches over us.  He is right beside us.  He lifts and carries and enables us to walk further even when it seems impossible.

There is an assurance spoken by the psalmist of God’s constant care that we all must be reminded of.  Our help comes strictly from God.  Not from the thoughts or ways of man or the plans of the heart but God alone.  It is He to whom we must look for a rescue and a steadying of our feet in such times.  He has the ultimate power; not a situation, not a person, not an event.  It is God alone who stands in ultimate authority and to whom our help comes from.

The steadiness of our feet being planted is required.  It is very much as to what Paul spoke of to the Ephesians in chapter 6.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

Ephesians 6:11,13

Our standing strong and having our feet planted is the only way we can look to our God and trust He will then not allow our foot to be moved.

Lift up your eyes.  Look to the help that comes from the Lord.  He is watching over you.  He will keep you from all harm.  Lift up your eyes.


Psalm 121 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

The Lord is our protector. He is our strength and our refuge. He fights our battles. He does not sleep or slumber. He sees and knows all. He will protect His children now and forever. Psalm 121 speaks beautifully to what God is over. Many times, we try and take these experiences into our own hands. We try and defend something that is clearly His. We try and control circumstances when He has given clear warning. We strive against things that are being held in His sovereignty.

GOD’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you—  6  Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke.  7  GOD guards you from every evil, he guards your very life.  8  He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always.

Psalms 121:5-8 MSG

God is complete in his protection. He will protect from the false dismantling the enemy seeks to accomplish. Every attack is seen beforehand by our God. He will sometimes allow us to suffer in order to bring about a greater work in us and through us. This is where our attitude toward Him needs to be full of trust and peace. If He has promised to protect us, then any trial we endure for His Name will prove to only make us more joyful and steady in our relationship with Him. When we are not satisfied in Him is when we begin to stray away and try to control what is not ours. Let Him be glorified in your obedience.

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