Right now, I’m doing this incredible study on the Psalms of Ascent and we’re memorizing Psalm 121. Let me just put it here for everyone:
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
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.
My encouragement from this study and through taking God at His word is this: He SO has us–every part of us. If ever you think God is not near or that He’s unconcerned about the minutiae details of your every day, every second, every step, and every decision, reread over this Psalm until the truth of God’s passionate love and care for you takes root in your heart! He’s got your foot, so everywhere you tread, literally, and in faith, He’s undergirding–He will not let you be destroyed, no matter what circumstances may be conveying. Our Father is always after our victory and His glory is further revealed when He brings us through difficulties. These difficulties and hardships should cause us to look to Him who has the “help” we need that’s not of this world–an enduring and ever-present help. We can’t quite understand the beauty of the heights if we’ve never had the perspective of those mountains from a lower place–does that make sense? No matter what life looks like, the Lord does have you on a pilgrim journey leading ever nearer to our heavenly Jerusalem! But in the mean-time, that “-” on the tombstone, He’s got stuff that will incredibly fill that dash and He wants to reveal more to us regarding our purposes in Him. On this journey, there WILL be opposition, hardship, just like the physical affliction of the heat of the day or the fears that these pilgrims encountered at night as they made their yearly trek to Jerusalem. But our Covenant Keeping God does not even slumber in regard to His attentiveness–He’s your watchman that’s ALWAYS on duty and NOT out of obligation, for who should God ever be obligated to? So the sincerity of His watch is REAL and is because He loves you with an everlasting love you cannot even comprehend–but He wants you to know. When you need a shade on this wearisome journey, He’s your covering. Your going, coming, sleeping, walking, what you do in the day and in the night, He’s faithfully watching. Don’t look down, unless it’s to bow your head before His glorious presence, but always look up to the One whose eyes have never left their gaze on you for a second…both NOW and forevermore. The best part is, He loves that we would dialogue with Him as we look to His glorious face with petitions, prayers and praises.
Don’t lose heart on this journey with Him because His care for you and I will never lessen. As we engage Him with every step, we’ll sense all the more the intensity of His gaze, the love for us that stays that gaze and the firmness of His vows to us that cannot be broken. God bless!