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 go to the psalms when I need comfort. When sleep eludes
me and the night is long and dark.
I go to the psalms when I am hungry for the presence of
the Lord. When I need reassurance of His loving care.
I go to the psalms when I am confronted with the evil around
me and the evil that I often harbor inside me, as well.
I go to the psalms to find words of worship and praise- so that
the fullness of my soul may be given voice.
I go to the psalms when I am caught in a web of despair.
I go to find the Author and Answer of hope.
I go to the psalms- because therein are the words and the
Truth of our God displayed to fill the yearning of my heart.
The promise within the psalms are real. They will be and have
been kept. But they are not always for each individual to claim.
The promises in this psalm are meant for the nation of Israel-
God’s servant. Israel- the bride He sought to make His own.
There is a study to go with this statement that follows the path
from the mountain with Abraham- to the altar of Jacob in Peniel
and on into the hills of Canaan. It encompasses the battles on the
plains and the ascension onto God’s holy hill.
But that is for next week….