THE LORD IS OUR HELP! Drawing Strength and Comfort from Psalm 121

Psalm 121 is a good one to meditate on when we feel overwhelmed. The verses are loaded with comfort and assurances to strengthen our hearts and convince us that God is with us and He will see us through.

Let’s look at the verses to see the succour they provide.

Verse 1 shows that we don’t have to look to the power sources of this age that defy God, symbolically referred to as “the hills.” Note that some commentators say the sentence should be in the interrogative form and I’m inclined to agree with them. (The idols of those days were worshipped on the “high places”- hills and mountains.)

So, shall we look to evil altars for help or even to the government?

No, our help comes from God the Creator, Who is greater than all (verse 2).

He is indeed all we need. When the road before us is treacherous, He will keep our feet firm and prevent us from falling (verse 3). By day or by night, He watches over us (verse 4) free of charge. Where else can we get such 24/7 protection at no cost?

Verse 5 reinforces this as it states that, “The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.”

Good News Translation simply renders it as, “The LORD will guard you; he is by your side to protect you.”

Therefore, whatever we encounter or we are subjected to, including the elements of nature, symbolised by the sun, will not harm us (verse 6).

Verse 7, on its part, assures us that:

“The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.”

And verse 8 adds that God’s preserving power will oversee our movements and keep us safe eternally.

The foregoing is enough to let our worries dissipate. The Maker of the heavens and the earth takes such personal interest in our lives. Everything may be going haywire in the world but we can be at peace. Our God reigns and He is watching over us.

Psalm 121 (KJV)

[1] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
[2] My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
[3] He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
[4] Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
[5] The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
[6] The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
[7] The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
[8] The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


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