July 18

I have had the feeling of standing all alone at very crucial times in life. I have told my wife often, that if she is standing with me, I feel so much more courageous just knowing she is beside me. However, there are times when she cannot be with me, and I am all by myself … or am I? Today I read some incredible verses that I want to share with you. I have been working my way through the book of Psalms with you for most of the past year. Today I arrive at Psalm 121. I cannot choose one verse to share today, but I am going to share the entire psalm.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” (Psalm 121:1-8).

The question is asked in the first verse; where is my help going to come from? Verses 2-8 give the resounding answer of help coming from the Lord. The description of what the Lord does for His children is amazing. To begin with, today all the strength represented in Heaven and earth is at your disposal through the Lord. The blessing of knowing Lord goes beyond words, but the psalmist puts some things in words we will understand and with which we can connect. He tells us that the Lord never sleeps, and that He is always on guard. What a joy it is to know that the God Who protects our soul is always on patrol in the guarding of my steps, and is called my “keeper.” The latter part of the chapter focuses on God preserving us from evil, from our going out and coming in; and He does this until we meet Him in eternity. With God watching out for you today, what do you need to worry about? With God preserving (setting up a perimeter guard) my ways today, I can rest secure in Him. I am thankful that even though I may face things that are too big for me, I am sure that nothing I will face will be too big for God. The challenge for me today is to remain humbly within His care, and not to try to handle things on my own. I want to remain behind my Guard today, and not to get out from under His protection. Take comfort today in the protection of God over your soul!

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