Monday, May 31, 2010

5/31- Lift Up My Eyes to the Mountains Psalm 121

Preparation Day -8 (5/31) Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

(Jerusalem from the mount of Olives)

Which mountains is the Psalmist talking about- "I lift up my eyes to the mountains"? Jerusalem is formed on two mountains- Mt. Zion and Mt. Moriah. Traditionally, God’s help comes down from his presence at the temple. Again, this is a pilgrim’s psalm (Psalm of ascent). It promises that God will help us, not let our foot slip as we travel (give us travelling mercies/safety), watch over us to comfort us as we travel (shade by day, and guard us at night). He will watch over our coming to Jerusalem and going back home- and the promise was not just for thousands of years ago, but for our time as well. This is one of my favorite Psalms.

Prayer: Thank you, God that you watch over us, and give us help.

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