Dear Church family,
Our scripture today is Psalm 121:
“I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.”
This is my favorite psalm. Its beginning goes like this: “I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” I love this psalm because it helps me start each day with the right question: “Where is my help going to come from today, Lord?” There are plenty of people and places who will fill today with false promises and empty values so knowing my help comes from the Lord is pretty important.
What I only realized a few years ago is that this song is a duet. The first two lines are sung by the person headed out: maybe for the day or for a long journey or for a complete change of life, whatever it is the person strengthens himself by remembering where help can be found as he goes. But that person is not alone. There is a second voice that comes in. This new voice sings to the one leaving: “[the Lord] will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber…” That means that not only is the Lord with the person as their help but other faithful people are with the person, sending them on with a blessing and a prayer.
That is powerful stuff.
There are days that are difficult to face and life journeys none of us wants to take. Knowing that the Lord is our help on those days AND that the community of faith prays for us on those journeys, that is what makes it possible to even take our first step.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for all who face a difficult path today. Do not let their foot be moved. Keep them from all evil. Keep their going out and their coming in from this time on and forevermore.
Christ’s Peace be with you all,