Sunday, 15 August 2021
“My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:2
For the Jewish pilgrims on their journey to Jerusalem for their yearly festivals, the Psalms of Ascents, Psalms 120-134 would have been a great reminder of the God whom they were going to celebrate at the Temple in Jerusalem. Psalm 121 is one of praise to God, an ever-present help to all who seek Him. May this Psalm remind you today, who you are looking to for help. Keep your eyes on Him—He will come through for you!
The Psalmist has described God in 4 different ways; each one reveals His flawless character.
DESIGNER (Psa 121:2)
The first declaration of the Psalmist is the acceptance of God as the Creator of all things. This in turn helps him understand that he also was created by this Wonderful Creator and his help does not come from the hills around him but from the One who created the hills. Oh! How much He must love us: The Designer who created you and me!
The Prophet Isaiah says: “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” (Isaiah 40:26)
If this is God’s care for a tiny star, do you think your Creator will forget your name? Never! He knows you and He cares for you!
NEVER DISTRACTED (Psa 121:3-4)
One great example of the incompetence of the gods of the world is recorded in 1Kings 18 where the Prophet Elijah taunts the false prophets saying that their gods are “asleep” when they failed to receive an answer from them. But the Bible records Our God’s response to Elijah’s prayer in 1Kings 18: 36&38:
“LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. …Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.”
Do you think that God does not want to hear or see you? Listen to what Psalm 34:15 says: "The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry…" He’s holding and hearing the deepest sighs of your lives. You are in safe hands!
DIVINE SHADE (Psa 121:5-6)
In these verses we learn 2 aspects of God: “shade & right hand.” Throughout Scriptures we see the Bible giving a lot of significance to the right side. It’s a figure of speech that represents God’s Presence, Power and Authority, where the Exalted Jesus Christ now sits. He is the shade at the right hand of every believer who is facing the heat and effects of the daily battles that we face. As our shade, Jesus comes to:
Cover us - Psalm 140:7 –“O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.”
Calms us – Romans 8:26 [NLT]– “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.”-He is ever by our side to help.
Comforts us – Psalm119:50 “This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.”
DEFENDER (Psa 121:7-8)
Finally the Psalmist focuses on the God who could defend him not only here on earth but also eternally. How does God defend us for His eternal plan? By preserving us in 3 ways:
Preserves our soul from sin – 1 John 5 :18: “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin”
Preserves us from the devil for His purpose – 2 Tim. 4:18: “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. “
Preserves our steps as we hear His Word – Proverbs 4:10& 12: “Hear my son and receive my sayings …When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble.”
This is the God who is with us the entire pilgrimage of our lives. Neither He nor His Word will ever fail us. So let us lift up our eyes to HIM Alone!
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” - Psalm 46:1
Listen: ‘Psalm 121’