I will lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? Psalm 121:1
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
The old familiar words of Psalm 121 spoke to me this year, much more so than ever. This beautiful Psalm, while thousands of years old, is every bit as relevant today as it was back then, when the pilgrims would more than likely sing or chant these words of comfort at the beginning of their pilgrimage towards the hills of Judea or perhaps on their way to the temple in Jerusalem. While this Psalm may have originated as far back as the year 500 or more, I cannot help but think of our world today and how Psalm 121 brings comfort even now. Our entire world has been turned upside down. Disease. A pandemic. So, so many deaths. Such disturbing events in our nation’s capital. Unemployment. Racism. Violence. Discord. Despair. The loss of hope. Even our very own church gatherings are different, altered. It’s almost too much to comprehend and bear some days. It seems relentless. I don’t watch the news anymore. It’s distressing. To me personally this psalm brings great comfort, encouragement and hope, at a time when I greatly need comfort. God has my back. He won’t let me fall, or let my “foot slip”. Ever. Even when I feel alone and heartbroken, when the future seems dismal and lonely. The Lord will watch my comings and goings in this life and … forevermore. God will keep me, and you from all harm. I am putting all of my trust in the Lord. I invite you to do the same. You too will find peace. I promise.
Please dear Lord, continue to watch over our lives. Please keep us from harm. Please watch over our coming and going, both now and forevermore. Amen.