I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.
How many times have I read through a familiar passage of scripture and missed what God is saying? How many times have you? Every time our eyes fall on the Word of God, He speaks anew to us if only we have ears to hear. We may have read this Psalm a number of times, we may even quote the first lines in difficult times. It is good, though, to come to God’s Word like a newbie, like one seeing the words for the very first time. The beauty of this Psalm is what makes it so popular. The assurances contained in this Psalm are good medicine for us.
God, who made heaven and earth, is my helper.
If He could make heaven and earth, is there anything too difficult for Him?
He is not sleeping through my trial,
He keeps my soul and guards all my day to day, in and out movements.
When I feel alone, or can’t sleep, or worry because of this pandemic is overwhelming me, I can take comfort in knowing that He is near. He is not off sleeping somewhere and planning on getting caught up on my life later. He hasn’t put me on hold or transferred my call to someone else. He is intimately acquainted with all my ways and He is my help.
Sometimes, for me, that begs the question—then why not just end this pandemic? Why not just take it away? Much as I wish I had an answer to that . . . I don’t. One day, His reasons will become clear, until then I can trust in His goodness to me and accept His help that is available to me through this trial. Until then, can you trust His goodness and accept His help that is available to you through this trial?
Lord, how I want to take comfort from this Psalm. Right now, I am having difficulty doing that. How fickle my feelings can be. When the lastest news reports are frightening I allow worry to steal that comfort. When the news reports look promising, I rest in that comfort. Forgive me for being so fickle. Shore up my faith, help me to stand firm on Your Word, and help me to sink deep into Your arms. Thank You for being my 24/7 helper for keeping my soul and guarding my life and protecting me from evil. Thank You for loving me even when I am resistant to that love. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
I would love to hear from you. Please let me know if I can be praying for you as well.
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