Psalm 121 is a chapter in the Bible that’s dear to my heart. I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve been in tears quoting this chapter to myself. In my life, I’ve lived through heavy depression, fear, and loneliness. But through it all, I’ve learned that God is my hope. There’s been a few times that he seemed far away. However, whenever I’ve read this verse, it’s helped me remember that he’s on the way.
When I was in ministry school, I memorized Psalm 121 because I needed a reminder that God will ALWAYS come through for you.
It may not be what you’re looking for, but it’ll definitely be what you need. Psalm 121 is a promise for the weak and the weary. When you’re at the point of defeat and you’re in disarray. Don’t lose hope.
God will arrive and bring the victory he promised.
Psalm 121; 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.
I want you to think back to a time you were worn out, and exhaustion had finally hit you. You might be lonely, and scared. You probably didn’t know where to go.
It’s hard to think in those situations, but if you can make one thought stay with you. Remember this chapter. If God has promised you something, it’s your duty to hold the ground and survive until he arrives. Many people will give up and surrender while God and his army are on the other side of the hill.
But they give up, surrendering the promise, and worse yet. They blame God and call him a liar. But this isn’t what Psalm 121 describes.
Think about a hopeless situation you’ve experienced in your life. Did you want to quit? Did it seem like God had deserted you?
You’re still here, so you must have believed. I bet you told yourself “I know God is coming. He will bring help.”
It might not be the timing you expected or even in a way that you wanted, but he is coming. Psalm 121 is a promise to that word.
Go back to that situation in your mind, did you lose hope?
Were you angry?
Is your anger directed at God?
Do you feel let down?
When you look your eyes to the hills ask yourself the same question the Psalmist asked.
Where Does My Help Come From?
I’ll tell you the truth when I say God hasn’t let you down, and he’s on the way right now to help. Keep looking, keep praying, and keep fighting. You don’t know when your deliverer will come, but you don’t want him to show up when you’ve surrendered.
That’s just rude.
What Can We Learn From Psalm 121?
This is a struggle we all have when we’re waiting on God. We wonder if he will actually keep his word? How can we even trust God?
Time and time again, he’s come through for me, and it’s never unfolded the way I’ve thought it would. A few years ago I needed money for a missions trip, and I had no way of raising it. So I prayed and out of the blue, a man gave me a check. It covered the whole thing.
If My God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Why do you doubt, and believe he won’t provide for his children?
Why Do We Doubt God?
I don’t think we doubt God as much as we doubt ourselves. We don’t find ourselves worthy of his love and think God is angry with our sins. In reality, God is calling us near to him, and saying he loves us. Why would he send Jesus to die and then shun us? That makes no sense at all.
If you’re in a hopeless fight, why not trust God, if he fails you (which he won’t) you’ll be in the same spot. However, if he succeeds and delivers you. Well, that’s a story you can share, and it’ll be pretty epic.
Trust God, He’s got your back and loves you.
Psalm 121 Verse 3: Worrying Will Get You Nowhere.
Do you constantly try to make sure everything is perfect? Are you always trying to get your ducks in a row? Most of the time that is admirable, but there’s a line between being orderly, and being obsessive.
Sometimes, you need to let go, and let God be God.
Years ago I was searching for a new job. I had 6 weeks’ salary left and no prospects. I’d been interviewing for 6 months straight and had a lot of letdowns. However, I kept going. I looked for God in every opportunity (the hills) and continued asking him for guidance.
Finally, right before I ran out of money, I was blessed with a job. It was the exact job I wanted, with the salary I needed. This was a Psalme 121 moment for me. Right when I was about to lose everything, God and his army crested the hill.
The timing was long, and it took forever to get the job (about 6 weeks), but on the first interview, I knew I’d get the position. It just felt right.
Worrying Doesn’t Help You Move Forward
And Which of You by being anxious can add a day to your life?
It’s been said that worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it won’t get you anywhere. It took me years to realize how true that statement was.
Psalm 121 Verse 4 He Will Keep Watch While You Rest
This is a partnership, you trust in God, and God keeps watch. Trusting in him can be difficult. Keeping watch isn’t. He’s God right? Who can sneak up on God?
If you’re in a major trial or a situation you can’t get out of, ask God to keep watch for you. In those times when you’re weak and weary. You need to rest. Ask God to take the watch, trust in him, and take a break. Believe in him to honor his word and keep you safe.
He does love you after all.
Psalm 121 Verses 5-7 Lord Will Protect You
I’m scared the title of this paragraph could be misconstrued. The Lord will protect you, but bad stuff might still happen. Giving your life to Jesus never means your life will be Rosy. If anything it gets worse. The difference is that God is with you, fighting alongside and walking with you.
A lot of times you won’t understand what is happening during a situation. Most times you won’t understand afterward either. However, there are a few times when God will open up the heavens, and show you what he did. Those times are epic, and they’re amazing.
In my life, God has done that a few times. Each and every time it’s blown my mind, and it was during a time I doubted him. Most of the time I just finished yelling at God about something and then everything is revealed.
After that, I usually feel like a spoiled brat whose parents have just given them a spanking.
Psalm 121 Verse 8 Lord Will Be With You Always
Just like I wrote above, when you accept Jesus into your heart, he walks alongside you in life. You don’t have to worry anymore. He is with you through every trial and tribulation.
Jesus loves you, and he gave his life to you. Why would he throw you to the wolves or let you down? That isn’t in his nature or his character.
The Lord will direct your steps.
My Favorite Themes In Psalm 121:
I love the analogy portrayed in this chapter. In my mind I picture a soldier who’s weary from battle, he’s surrounded by enemies and he’s extremely tired, and weary. As the battle is slowly lost, he looks his eyes past his enemy and sees the hills beyond them.
He catches a glint of sunlight off a shield, and the lord and his army come riding into the valley.
Victory is snatched from the jaws of defeat.
Psalm 121 is the story of each and every Christian. We all fight in battles and we all don’t understand God. The understanding grows with time, but it’ll never fully happen.
His timing is his own, and his ways are not ours. However, he does keep his word, and when he says something you can be sure it will happen. Because God cannot lie.
A Synopsis Of Psalm 121?
The main theme or meaning behind the verse is that God has your back. Keep looking and placing your trust in him, because he will keep his word and protect you.
Now, this doesn’t mean you’ll never have an issue, it just means you’ve got someone who helps you through the junk of life.
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Sterling grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. As a kid he loved skateboarding but mostly did street riding. He injured his ankle badly when he dropped into his first half pipe. His skateboarding slowed down after that, but he still loved the sport.
While in his 20's he needed to make a change, so he did some world traveling with a motivational speaking group. Through it all, he visited 46 states and 3 continents and eventually lived in Mississippi. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the state. He jumped into the fray, helping mobilize support for the evacuees of New Orleans & The Gulf Coast. During the aftermath he helped run a shelter and drove food & medical supplies to affected areas by truck. Currently he lives in Minneapolis, runs his snowboard shop, and shreds Vail Whenever he can.