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Today as one of our readings, we look at Psalm 121:
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.
One of today’s readings is my favorite of all the Psalms, 121. This is such a beautiful passage. I was texting recently with a friend about how much I love you. As you may remember, the Psalms were the hymns of the Jewish people. They looked at the Psalms in the same way that we look at our hymnals.
And just as there are certain hymns that have meanings to us – Amazing Grace, Just as I Am, How Great Thou Art, there were certain Psalms that had great meaning to the people. Psalm 121 was one of these Psalms with great meaning.
This was a Psalm that the people would sing as they were on the way to Temple. This was a song of preparation for worship. In this passage where it says, “I lift up my eyes to hills – from where will my help come from?” that’s a reference to the Temple Mount. The “hills” is the Temple.
From where will my help come? It comes from the Lord. They believed that in the Holy of Holies within the Temple, the glory of God resided. This would be understood in the same way that we think of the Holy Spirit. In that place the presence and power of God abided.
Where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. The keeper of Israel will not let your foot be moved. He will keep you by day when it is safe, and by night, when it is dangerous.
He is your rock, your shield, your help, your everything.
Do not be afraid. The Lord is there, ready to save. He has you.
Where does your help from? From the things of this earth? Or from the Lord. He is our keeper. Our shade. Our helper. Our protector. Turn to Him today Not to the things of the earth. To the Lord.
From this time and forevermore. Our help is the Lord. Thank you, Jesus.
Oh and here is an awesome version of this Psalm sung by Susan Asthon that I love so much.
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