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 the verse to myself. Usually with tear filled eyes. In my life I’ve lived through 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.
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. The exhaustion had finally hit you, and you don’t know where to go. Your whole life you’ve been waiting for God to do something and now was the time.
But God didn’t come through.
You look to the hills hoping and praying to see him coming to the rescue, but all you see is dead trees and dust blowing.
So What Happened?
I don’t know your situation, but I do know God is coming. He will bring help. It might not be what you expected, or even wanted, but he is coming.
Go back to that situation in you 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 your self the same question the Psalmist asked.
Where Does My Help Come From?
Psalm 121:1 (B)
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 come when you’ve given up.
That’s just rude.
Psalm 121 Verse 4 Will God Keep His Word?
This is a struggle we all have when we’re thinking about God. Will he actually keep his word? How can we even trust God? For me, I’ve been in the situation where he’s all I’ve had, and nothing else was going to save me.
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 DoWe 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 sin. 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 Vs.3 Stop Worrying. God Will Watch Over You
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 let downs. 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. I could’ve made the other positions work, but it wouldn’t have been the perfect fit I had.
The part about this thats amazing. It took forever to get the job (about 6 weeks), and on the first interview, I knew I’d get the position. It just felt right.
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 Vs. 5-7 The 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 afterwards either. However there are a few times where 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 parent has given them a spanking.
Psalm 121 Vs. 8 The Lord Will Be With You Always, Directing Your Steps
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 for 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 see 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.
What Is The Meaning Behind 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 help 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.