The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.(Psalm 121:5)


I think this is one of my favourite Psalms. It is the kind of thing you would want to read to your darling child as you tuck them in at night. It is the sort of comfort and reassurance that we all crave more often than not in our lives. But having said that, to many people, there are too many sorrows and horrors in the world for them to be able to fully take the consolation, they would so like to, from this wonderful Psalm.


Psalm 121 NLT

1 I look up to the mountains —
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let you stumble;
The one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
5 The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
8 The Lord watches over you as
you come and go both now and forever.


My goal is to listen to the psalmist and trust him. When you know you can trust what you read in the bible, then amazing things are possible. If you are experiencing pain and sorrow and your life is a terrible struggle, you may want to dismiss these ideas as fantasy. But the Lord never sleeps and never fails. He watches over us and guides us by means of what is written in the Bible and through the love his people bring into the world. If you don’t yet know God and wish that the consolation offered in this Psalm could be true, it is not impossible, you only need to ask the Lord, and he will show you how things can be different. On the other hand, if you already know the Lord and you also feel that this psalm is nice, but not really true for you, then perhaps you could read it again, but ask the Lord to help you trust him again first.

Today’s readings:

2 Samuel 20:14-21:22, Acts 1:1-26, Psalms 121:1-8, Proverbs 16:18


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