I. Read Psalm 121.
A Song of Ascents.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall 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 shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore. (NKJV)
Introduction – Psalm 121 has provided great comfort to God’s people. One phrase has been frequently used as a call to worship: “From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” For those in covenant with God, like father Abraham, God has promised to bring about His covenant promises and will bring protection. Since God is the maker of the world, the elements of the world will not harm us. We can sleep with ease, because the sun will not hurt us. Neither will the moon hurt us. We are defended from enemies on all sides. This psalm is a benediction upon God’s covenant people. All benedictions are general. If we receive the blessing that, God bless you and keep you, it may seem that sickness or trial would be inconsistent with this. But is it? To the unbelieving, every difficulty is a sworn witness against God’s goodness and His willingness to bless His people. But to one who is saturated in God’s Word and promises, we know that all things work together for good because He is conforming us to the image of Christ. Abraham went through trials, but they all resulted in His receiving promised blessings from His Covenant Lord. So this psalm calls us to look to the Lord for goodness. We are to look to Him and from His hand we are to receive goodness. We are to trust that the Lord will preserve us from all evil. In believing this, we can weather trials and hardships because the Lord who is sovereign overall does not intend these as evil, but for our eternal good.
Reflect on these truths by answering these questions in your own words.
- From whence is your help to come?
- What are some ways you could use or share such blessings and benedictions on others in your life?
- If God will preserve you from all evil, does that mean no evil things can come into your life? What are your thoughts or questions on this?
- If you were to fully trust God as meaning and intending only eternal good for you, how might you respond differently to difficulties today?
II. Pray Psalm 121. Turn the words of this Psalm into a prayer offered to the Lord.
III. Sing Psalm 121. Listen to or download this Psalm in several versions.