The Lord is My Keeper
By Sue Gebel
As you read through Psalm 121, notice how many times the word “Keep” or a form of it is used. May this Psalm be your prayer throughout the coming days.
Psalm 121:1 I up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
Many people don’t know where to look in these days of economic uncertainty, fear of getting the “virus”, job loss, etc….
Vs 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Not only do we know where to look, but to whom. The Lord who created the universe is my source of strength; I have nothing to fear. He is all powerful.
Vs 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
God keeps my foot from a mis-step, a fall, a bad financial decision or something else. He keeps me upright, steady and firm.
Vs 4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
I don’t need to stay awake with worry. The Lord has everything under control. He is watchful, vigilant and diligent.
Vs 5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
Think of a “zoo-keeper” – one who cares for, tends, nourishes, and protects the animals. How much more exponentially does our Heavenly Father “keep” us His sheep?
Vs 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
There is no need to fear at any time – day or night.
Vs 7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
God’s watchful eye does not know a season. He promises to protect from all evil – regardless of times or circumstances.
Vs 8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
God’s protection is for anywhere, any time, any situation. Therefore, we need not fear.
Question for Contemplation:
How do I react when God’s promises to “keep” me differs from how I think that should look?
Prayer: Lord, help me remember your words and trust you to keep me, regardless of the circumstances in my life that I am facing. Amen.