Verses of the Week
A song of ascents.
“I turn my eyes to the mountains; from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot give way; your guardian will not slumber;
See, the guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps!
The LORD is your guardian, the LORD is your protection at your right hand.
By day the sun will not strike you, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will guard you from all harm; He will guard your life.
The LORD will guard your going and coming now and forever.”
Psalm 121 JPS
In these days of uncertainty, pandemic, political and social turmoil, ever increasing crime and lawlessness, climate crises, etc., where do you look for help? For protection? For peace? For answers?
If you are looking to government, or other institutions of man, you will be disappointed. I am sure you are painfully aware of this.
As Psalm 121 so clearly shows, our help comes from the LORD (Yehovah)–in Him alone. God instituted government, yes, but our human governments fall far short of God’s righteous standards. They are under the sway of the “god of this world” and to put our trust in them to protect and “save” us from the evils of this world is much like chickens entrusting themselves to the fox “guarding” the hen house! We should pray for our governments and our leaders. We must be diligent to do this. But our trust must always be in God—the creator of heaven and earth, who never slumbers or sleeps.
We, humans, however, do sleep. We grow complacent and get distracted and begin to think that the “powers that be” have our best interests at heart, that they would never do things that would harm us. A quick look at world history, from ancient to modern, should quickly dispel that notion entirely.
Christians are never to trust in government as their source of protection or sustenance. Neither can we put our trust in science, medicine, economics, education, the media, etc. So much is being manipulated to make us trust what “they” say. Trust God! Don’t waver in your commitment to Christ. Keep the Word of God as the standard for your life and for all your choices.
[Psalm 121 is the second of the “psalms of ascents” (Psalms 120-134) which are believed to be psalms that were sung by those who were traveling to Jerusalem for the three yearly pilgrimage feasts of the LORD (Passover, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles). They were songs of encouragement for the travelers as they made there way up to the Temple.]
Live it out this week
If you don’t already make it a regular habit, spend time this week praying for your government. Pray that God will cause His will to be done even if those in positions of power are not following His will. Pray for protection from government overreach and that God would grant us to live a peaceable and quite life.
Memorize Psalm 121. Meditate on it daily and whenever you feel stressed or anxious by situations out of your control. Remember that God is the guardian of your soul. He is your source, your salvation, and your strong tower.
Run to Him!
Father Yehovah, maker of heaven and earth, help us to keep our eyes on You and on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We trust You to keep us through tough times and to bring us into Your kingdom. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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