Second Sunday in Lent
Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the hills; * from where is my help to come? My help comes from the LORD, * the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved * and he who watches over you will not fall asleep. Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel * shall neither slumber nor sleep; The LORD himself watches over you; * the LORD is your shade at your right hand, So that the sun shall not strike you by day, * nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; * it is he who shall keep you safe. The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, * from this time forth for evermore.
Sing this Psalm! See Psalm 121 Here
Summary – Psalm 21 is one of those psalms giving great comfort to God’s people. One phrase has been frequently used as a call to worship: “From where is my help to come? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.” For those in covenant with God, like father Abraham, God has promised to bring about His covenant promises and will bring protection. Since God is the maker of the world, the elements of the world will not harm us. We can sleep with ease, because the sun will not hurt us, the moon will not hurt us and we are defended from enemies on all sides. This psalm functions as a benediction upon God’s covenant people.
Insight – All benedictions are general. If we receive the blessing that, God bless you and keep you, it may seem that sickness or trial would be inconsistent with this. But is it? To the unbelieving, every difficulty is a sworn witness against God’s goodness and His willingness to bless His people. But to one who is saturated in God’s word and promises, we know that all things work together for good because He is conforming us to the image of Christ. Abraham went through trials, but they all resulted in His receiving promised blessings from His Covenant Lord. So this psalm calls us to look to the Lord for goodness. We are to look to Him and from His hand we are to receive goodness. We are to trust that the Lord will preserve us from all evil. In believing this, we can weather trials and hardships because the Lord who is sovereign overall does not intend these as evil, but for our eternal good.
Child catechism – From where is my help to come? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
discussion – What are some ways we could use blessings and then benedictions in our lives?
Prayer – O Lord God we trust you because you are the maker of heaven and earth. Grant that we who call upon you may be ever hopeful in your goodness and trustful and your mercy. We pray in Christ’s name, Amen.