Often called “The Traveler’s Psalm,” Psalm 121 has been read and recited by many generations of people before taking a trip to ensure safe travel. It is a personal favorite of mine that I turn to when I need God’s protection. One stormy night years ago, I woke up to the sound of a loud crash outside my apartment. I jumped out of bed to look out the window and found a large bush had fallen against the front door of my apartment. The storm worsened, causing the power to go out, and I knew it would be a sleepless night. So I lit a candle, reached for my Bible, and read Psalm 121 while sitting at my dining room table. As I read it aloud and applied the words to what I was experiencing, peace came to my heart and fear left. On that stormy night, God kept me safe until the storm passed.
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 (Psalm 121:1-8 NIV).
I realized that night that we never outgrow our need for God’s help. It is easy to forget this until a tragic circumstance occurs or pandemic strikes. It is then that we realize what little control we have in life. Psalm 121:1-2 says to look to God in time of need and know that our help comes from Him. Verses 3-8 say that God will watch over our lives and keep us from harm. Although we are not guaranteed an absence of calamity, God is faithful to protect us. From beginning to end, Psalm 121 conveys a message of trust in God, an assurance that He will protect us now and forever (v. 8).
Heavenly Father, in this troubled world of mass shootings and pandemic outbreaks, we take comfort in Psalm 121. We also cherish Jesus’ promise to be with us always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Thank You for keeping us safe during severe weather and as we come and go in our everyday lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Authored by Susan Ferguson
Susan Ferguson is a freelance Christian writer.
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