This is the second of the series of psalms which are titled A Song of Ascents. As a song sung by travelers, this is particularly relevant for the trust placed in God through the journey.
Observation, Interpretation and Application:
I love this psalm. It was one of my favourites since childhood. I often imagined that God was right beside me no matter what the circumstances (verse 1 and 2). He will keep me and help me. He will never let me stumble, no matter what (verses 3 and 4). The standing of the believer in Jesus is impressive. He won’t let us slip and He never sleeps. I often have a hard time with sleeping. Lots of time I wake in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. It is during these times that I pray fervently for those the Lord has brought to mind and then…miracles of miracles! I go back to sleep. God never sleeps! To know that God watches over us in all the minute details in life should be cause for praising Him! He protects us and watches over us all the days of our lives, no matter how long or short that should be.
This past week David and I experienced a sudden “taking” of life in our brother-in-law, Roger. Although sad, we rejoice that Roger is in the presence of our King who granted him a much longer life than expected. He preserved Roger’s “going out and coming in” for all the days of his life.
To know that the Lord watches intently over our lives (verses 5 and 6) and keeps us from harm should be reason to rejoice!
Heavenly Father, thank you that You never sleep! Even when we “forget” about You, You are always there for us. Help us to be grateful for Your unending love and care. Amen.
I composed this song for my choir before I came to St. Aidan’s: Psalm 121 song.mp3
The words are directly from Scripture. May you be blessed!
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