Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121 begins by declaring where help for them who trusts in God actually comes from. “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?” Psalm 121:1 We are not sure of the author; however, it appears it is someone who is encountering troubles. He is looking up into the hills and asking where his help is to come from. Looking up into the hills has the idea of looking for assistance and many times it would come down from the mountains during times of attacks or the coming of thieves. This turns out to be a rhetorical question, for he immediately answers the question, “My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2.
How will He help us? In every situation, He will enable us to stand firm. “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.” Psalm 121:3 To stand firm means that He will hold us up and help us to stand strong against whatever is happening. “For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13. And He will not go away or slumber but will be with us through it all. Remember He said, “The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8.
He is our defender and keeper, the one who preserves us through all trials and strife. “The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.” He watches over every aspect of our lives. He does not necessarily prevent all pain and suffering, however He does guarantee protection to us, His people, as He watches over us. We are to trust that we are safe and secure because He is with us. “I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely. For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.” Psalm 16:10
He then goes on to say that He will protect us from the heat of the day and the cold of night. “The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night.” Psalm 121:6. And He will protect us from all forms of evil, be it spiritual or corporeal, natural or moral. “The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.” Psalm 121:7-8. In other words, He will preserve us wherever we go, at all time be it day or night.
In this time, we are moving into some difficult times. There are so many unknowns such as where is our country heading, will we ever overcome this pandemic, and what will our lives be like in the future. However, I want to encourage everyone to look to Jesus and keep focused on Him in all matters. “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4. We must not let our minds be absorbed with all this stuff going on in politics and every area other than God. He has promised to be with us and to bring us safely through. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7. Trust God in everything. Give it to Him, knowing that He will be with us and take care of us.
God knows the good He has for us, the assurance of a great future and hope. “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. Have complete faith in Him no matter what things look like. The writer of Hebrews told us “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1. All things God has promised us will happen as He said. It may not look like it, but there is no other possible outcome. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;” Hebrews 10:23.
God has promised He would take care of us now, and for all eternity. “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4. We must keep our minds focused on God and the things above, for there is our true home. Focusing entirely on Him, we will be amazed at the peace that fills our hearts, mind and spirit.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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