Psalm 121 and your fears

Posted on November 1, 2017 · Posted in Prayer, Wisdom

Casting a glance at the mountains raises the question, “What is waiting for me up ahead?” The long, dark shadows of your fears are cast before you. They are like the shadows of the mountains against a dense fog. What is hiding in those shadows? How will you find the help and courage you need to go on and find safety? The hills around you may hide struggles and terrors of all kinds. Where will you find the help you need to keep going?

Then your heart remembers that your God made the hills. His sun will burn through the fog. His Son, your savior, has taken this path before you. He has prayed for you. He watches over you. Unlike you, he never sleeps. By his blood he has secured your safety, no matter what the shadows may hide.

This day, on this journey, your help comes from the Lord. You are protected by the blood of his covenant, by his body given for you. He knows your every thought, your fears, your weakness. He offers the bright light of his Spirit to guide you through the shadows.

Life’s journey is filled with things to fear. Psalm 121 reminds you that God is with you. He will not fail. He is your God, your loving shepherd. Respected commentator Dr. Mark Futato encourages us with these thoughts about this psalm:

“By trusting that the Lord is watching over us every step of the way and every moment of the day, we can turn potential stumbling blocks into stepping stones. As we walk by faith in him, the mountains of life are not barriers to his presence but places where we experience his watchful care until we arrive in the new Jerusalem, where we will enjoy him for ever.”

I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.