Lenten Devotion: Tuesday, March 31

Psalm 120Psalm 121Psalm 122Psalm 123Psalm 124Psalm 125Psalm 126Psalm 127Exodus 5:1 – 6:11 Corinthians 14:20-33a, 39-40Mark 9:42-50

The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:8

Psalm 121 has so many verses that speak to me. It is one of the few psalms I know by heart and it is my multiuse psalm. The song is the assurance that God is with us in our journey of life and we can take comfort in knowing that He is there to help us and protect us.

Lift thine eyes to the mountain. . . . (Verse 1) When I think about the mountains it evokes many strong emotions. When I drive home and see the Blue Ridge Mountains, a sense of calm rushes over me. It marks the end of my long day and the approaching safety of our home. When I look up, there is a sense of awe about the beauty. The mountains also bring to mind some of the most terrifying and physically demanding times in my life. I have been caught in a high mountain pass in blizzard conditions and hiked to 12,000 feet and found myself in a severe thunder storm with no shelter. The beauty of the mountains can hold many dangers, but the Lord is there to help.

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Verse 2) This line is so powerful, yet so humbling. Life is filled with struggles. They can come from the grief from the death of a loved one, personal illness, struggles at work and the stress that comes from living in a world that is filled with demands and uncertainties. Stress and grief can be overwhelming and all consuming. When I surrender these concerns to the Lord, I have the comfort of knowing that these are small things. The Lord who can create heaven and earth can certainly help me with my earthly problems.

He slumbers not nor sleeps. (Verse 4) At night, when everyone is asleep and the world is quiet, is the time that I can listen to my life. It is the time I count my many blessing. Night time is also the time that problems wake me from sleep demanding my attention. It is not surprising that night time is the time when I talk to God. Sometimes it is a prayer of thanksgiving for the gifts of the day, sometimes it is a prayer for help and sometimes it is just a chat. It is comforting to know that the Lord is awake and listening.