Thursday, January 14, 2010

"When I am down and, oh, my soul so weary; when troubles come and my heart burdened be..."

"I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth." -Psalm 121:1-2

I have been thinking about these verses for a few days now and then last night at Zoar, John spoke on this Psalm and suggested that we meditate for a few minutes on the verse and see what struck us. So, I am going to share some of my thoughts on this verse with you guys.

Here is the whole Psalm:
"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip-He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you-the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm-he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." -Psalm 121

The first thing that stuck out in my mind was in verse 3 when the Psalmist says that "He who watches over you will not slumber"-I know that I sometimes forget that; that God doesn't sleep, that He is always there for us, watching over us. There are times that I feel that I am not as efficient as I could be because I can't handle every situation that arises, whether it be because I am tired or exhausted or whatever. But I find it a huge comfort to know that God never experiences fatigue and that He will never turn me away, saying He is too tired to deal with me today.

Next was this idea about the sun and moon not harming us. I think this stuck out because of its obscurity-I have never really thought about the sun (and certainly not the moon) causing me harm. What I drew from this was the idea that God is protecting us even from those things which seem innocent and unlikely to cause harm. There are lots of things in our world which seem innocuous, but actually present a great danger; for example, a simple word spoken to a friend. It seems innocent enough, just an off the cuff remark to someone and yet that comment gets spread around and changed and that simple comment can tear relationships apart. So for me, it is comforting to know that God will be there for me, even when I think I know best and jump headfirst into trouble.

Finally, in the last verse when the Psalmist comments that the Lord watches our coming and going. For me it is nice to know that God is there when I come and when I go; once again He doesn't leave me nor forsake me.

So yeah, I had been thinking about the first two verses even before John spoke about I think it is God calling out to me. I have not been as devoted in my relationship with Him as I should be and I know that He is calling out to me, seeking to reconnect and invigorate our relationship.

I am thankful that God is always seeking after me, even when I lose sight of Him.

Later, gator


1 comment:

  1. First, you titled this after one of my favorite songs, which inspired me to listen to it while reading the post (and, consequently, have a nice cry). Second, I found in this post some perfectly timed encouragement this morning. Thank you, my friend.