The Lord Shall Preserve You (Psalm 121)

Some call this the soldier’s psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when David was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus trusted God to cover his head in the day of battle. Others call it the traveller’s psalm (for there is nothing in it of military dangers) and think David penned it when he was going abroad, and designed it pro vehiculo—for the carriage, for a good man’s convoy and companion in a journey or voyage. But we need not thus appropriate it; wherever we are, at home or abroad, we are exposed to danger more than we are aware of; and this psalm directs and encourages us to repose ourselves and our confidence in God, and by faith to put ourselves under his protection and commit ourselves to his care, which we must do, with an entire resignation and satisfaction, in singing this psalm. I. David here assures himself of help from God (v. 1, v. 2). II. He assures others of it (v. 3-8).A song of degrees. ~Matthew Henry

Who’s Watching Over You?

C. I. Scofield is recognized as one of the world’s most influential theologians, ministers, and writers. For many years the Scofield Reference Bible shaped the thoughts of Christians and their interpretation of the Word of God. But Scofield did not begin his career as a student of Scripture. He intended to be a lawyer.

On one occasion he confessed to a friend, “I was once a drunken lawyer visiting some friends in Saint Louis when I was converted. No one had ever told me anything about the keeping power of Jesus Christ. But I was standing before a picture of Daniel in the den of lions one day, and great hope and faith came into my heart.”

“I said, ‘Why, there are lions all around me – my old habits and sins – but the God that shut the mouths of the lions for Daniel can shut them for me.’”

And the remainder of his life proves that fact!

The Psalmist wrote, “The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life.”

The Lord wants to watch over us as though we were the only person in the world. He knows all about us: our strengths and weaknesses, our assets and liabilities, what tempts and threatens us, what troubles and tries us. And, even though He has the same “responsibility” for each of His children, He can pay attention to each one of us as though we were the only one that mattered.

“The Lord will keep you,” said the Psalmist. He did not say “might” or “may” or “should” or “could” or “would” keep you if you…Indeed not. He said, “He will keep you!”

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the assurance that Your protection does not depend upon us, but upon Your grace! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Psalm 121 Call to Worship

A Song of Ascents.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help? Psalms 121:1

My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth. Psalms 121:2

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalms 121:3

Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalms 121:4

The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand. Psalms 121:5

The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night. Psalms 121:6

The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul. Psalms 121:7

The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore. Psalms 121:8

Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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