Celebrate & Sing
Psalm 121 (NRSV)-
Assurance of God’s Protection A Song of Ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills- from where will my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.
Alison and I are quickly learning that when children are little, they depend on you for everything- food, nurture, safety, shelter, love, protection, everything.
As William gets older, we hope that he grows more independent. Soon, we will not only see walking on his own, but we see him dress himself, feed himself, and eventually drive himself. But, even as roles change and children grow up, they still look to mom and dad for love, support, and the occasional free babysitter (a big thank you to my in-laws).
Just as Alison and I are learning from William, we are also learning that we will never outgrow our need for our parents’ love and help. In the same way, we will never stop needing our heavenly Father’s guidance and protection.
Our Heavenly Father calls us to follow him in ways that we cannot accomplish without his help. And, if we could do what he has called us to be on our own, we could boast in our own strength. As such, if we rely upon our own efforts and abilities, we deny God’s greatest blessings.
Psalms 120-134 are collectively known as “Songs of Ascent” and remind us of God’s greatest blessings, support, care, and promises to the Israelites. As such, they are written to be sung on their travels and in the Temple during worship.
The promises in Psalm 121 are as true for God’s children today as they were thousands of years ago. So, no matter what situations we may face, we can rely on God, who created heaven and earth.
Today, let’s have faith that God’s blessings, promises, protection, and provision are for anyone who follows him (Psalm 121:5-8).
Heavenly Father God, thank you for the constancy of your blessings and care. Thank you for your promises and provision. And, thank you for your support and protection. Please teach us to celebrate and sing of your promises and blessings. Please guide us to rest upon your support and provision. And, please help us to place our faith in your protection. All of this we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!