A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
The writer of Psalm 121 longs to be rescued. The psalm was written while Israel was in exile, the remnant of God’s people held in captivity in Babylon. Torn from their home in Jerusalem, the artisans of Israel gathered together and looked longingly towards the mountain ranges that would lead them back home. He lifts his eyes off of the reality of his current situation in captivity and looks towards hope. He makes assertions about God’s character, ones that were important his people remembered. Despite their current situation, God was always their deliverer. He was always the one who watched over them and protected them. He never sleeps or slumbers or is caught off guard – God is an ever-present help. As the psalmist exclaims these truths, God’s people are comforted and renewed.
Your future is going to be great. I know this not because I know what is going to happen to you, but because I know that regardless of what circumstances might transpire, God will be with you. He is your shade at your right hand. He will not leave you or forsake you. He does not sleep or slumber. He is your constant, dependable, ever-present source of help. And when you realize this and place your trust in him, you never look more beautiful.
Take a moment today to reflect on God’s goodness to you. When in your life have you experienced his deliverance, his care, his help? Write down a list of these encounters, and then take some time to be grateful for them.
Father, I lift up my eyes right now from the circumstances of my life and consciously look to you for your help, your love and your deliverance. You are my strength. Thank you for being an ever-present help. Amen.