It’s hump day…I don’t know about you but there are times going into weekends like these that I end up entering the weekend exhausted even before the exhaustion begins. There are just too many meetings, too much work, too many calls, too many emails and texts, too many Facebook posts to review, too many tweets to read. And that’s just the first hour of my day 🙂
Psalm 121 is one of the Psalms of Ascent. Jewish pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem for one of the three main annual Jewish festivals traditionally sang these songs on the “ascent” or the uphill road to the city of Jerusalem which was situated on a high hill. According to some traditions, the Jewish priests also sang some of these Songs of Ascent as they walked up the steps to the temple in Jerusalem. No doubt these pilgrims who were on route to a huge moment of celebration in Gander (er…I mean Jerusalem) might experience weariness from the walk and hike up the hill. Getting to these celebration moments can be exhausting can’t they? They and cause moments of frustration, short tempers, times of anxiousness, and even questions as to why we even started out on this journey in the first place. I love how the Psalmist lifts the gaze of the pilgrims higher than even the mountains to an UNSTOPPABLE God. Five times he reminds us that God’s watch over us is UNSTOPPABLE. In fact, He doesn’t even take a nap. He watches over us on the journey. He is with us in our journey. In our tiredness, worry, to do lists, our coming, in our going, He is our helper and His help is unlimited and UNSTOPPABLE. Read this Psalm over…and over…and over…and be reminded that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. He is already waiting for us at the destination…and He’s longing for us to join Him.
Psalm 121 – A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.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 Israelnever 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 harmand watches over your life.8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,both now and forever.