Friday, January 15, 2010


All of us encounter a time on our life that we need a little help. Some of us moan and groan and feel sorry for ourselves. Others worry as they attempt to solve the problems themselves. And still others bounce from persons to places looking for answers. Psalm 121 teaches us that when we need help, we need to look to the Lord. God is there for us and is willing to assist us.

Today, my devotional was on Psalm 121, which is very exciting.. many songs have come from this passage alone and as I'm typing this, they keep swirling around in my head!

1 I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
5 The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Have you ever wondered where does my help come from? I know I sure have! Whenever we feel this way, we NEED to lift our eyes to the Lord..
But also, when we are in trouble, we need to acknowledge the same thing. God WANTS to help us and rescue us from our difficulties! How big are your troubles? Do they seem too large for you to handle? Don’t worry, Don't Panic.. the one who created heaven and earth is coming to help!

He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber.
Sometimes we feel like we’re on slippery ground, that we might skid and fall into further crisis. But God will not let our foot be moved. He will hold us firm. . We may feel like we are slipping, or maybe we’re afraid and want to move away from what life is throwing at us, but God will hold our feet firm so we won’t be moved.

Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Do you ever wonder if God hears your prayers? This verse assures us that God never sleeps. He is always ready to help us. God does care about you. He will keep us no matter what struggles we may be facing.

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
Did you know that God will cover you from adversity? The writer or psalmist tells us that the Lord is our shade. We live under his protective shadow. Nothing can harm us.

The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.
I googled ( I know) some quotes regarding this verse and this one really stood out to me. Charles Spurgeon suggests that this verse means God will keep us "from excessive heat and from baneful chills." Certainly this could be the meaning of this verse. But we know how the heat of the sun can 'smite' us during the day, and it has been shown that the full moon seems to adversely affect some people’s behavior. In fact the word lunatic comes from the supposed lunar effect on some people’s minds ( go sit in an ER on a full moon and you'll know what I mean). But God has promised that even this will not affect us. Whether you are facing heat or chill, whether you are facing scorching pain in your body or cold despair in your mind, whether you are facing difficulties at work during the day or trouble at home at night – no matter what hardship you may encounter, God will protect you. He will be there for you.

The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
At the bottom of my bible, it explains that the word shamar means keep in Hebrew. In this verse it is used twice. This is a series of affirmations that God will keep us safe. In verses 3 to 8 it is used six times – in verse 3 "he who keeps you will not slumber," in verse 4 "he who keeps Israel," in verse 5 "the Lord is your keeper," in verse 7 "the Lord will keep you from all evil" and "he will keep your life," and in verse 8 "the Lord will keep your going out and your coming in." The Lord is our keeper. We have nothing to worry about for it is God who will preserve us.
Here in verse 7 the promise is that God will keep our life. The Hebrew word for life is nepesh(yes, I googled it too) which also indicates the soul, or in other words, the Lord will keep all of you – your physical well-being, your emotional well-being, your spiritual well-being. As Charles Spurgeon tells us, "Our soul is kept from the dominion of sin, the infection of error, the crush of despondency, the puffing up of pride; kept from the world, the flesh and the devil; kept for holier and greater things; kept in the love of God; kept unto the eternal kingdom and glory." WOW! How 'bout it?!

The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore.
Some days, more often than not, I’m not sure if I’m coming or going. Do you feel that way? This verse promises that when we go out to begin our day, the Lord is there. When we come home at the end of a long day, God is still there. In fact this verse tells us that God is with us from this time forth and forevermore. What a wonderful promise of God’s keeping power over our life. He is always there for us. He will not abandon us. No matter what we are doing or where we are going, God is with us.

It is my hope today, that this encourages you, as it did me while studying it. We tend to, in our humanness, go everywhere BUT to the one who created us, for help.. I'm as guilty as the next guy. But it is my prayer AND challenge for us today, that when we are finding ourselves in a predicament of needing help, that we go to the Father.. He WANTS to help us!

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