Gods Watchful Eye
Jesus reminds us, In this world you will have trouble. But take
heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
What do you say to yourself when you are pressed in on every side by
dangerous situations? What do you do when you face troubles?
Many times I have turned to Psalm 121 where I find a marvelous spirit
of deep peace as the Psalmist turns his eyes to heaven and expresses his confidence in the
LORD God. The weary pilgrim experiences
Gods protection under His constant watchful eye.
Ancient roads in the Middle East consisted of only well-trodden paths
across the valleys, along rivers and the mountain passes. Many a traveler sang this song
to give himself hope and courage along his journey. Have you ever whistled or sang a hymn
in the dark to remind yourself of Gods sustaining grace? I have rested in deep peace as I listened to the
machine guns and mortar fire in the distance in the middle of the night. On other
occasions I have gone to sleep knowing there were 35,000 leftist militias surrounding the
place where I slept.
The Psalmist gave himself courage as he longed to see the hills of
Judah in the distance, which reminded him of Gods care and protection. To look
unto the hills, meant looking to God as ones true help. When the Psalmist
looked at the hills, he saw beyond them to the One who made the mountains (v. 2). The poet
develops the idea of putting ones trust in the God who watches over, preserves,
keeps, exercises great care over, and guards His
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From whence shall my
help come? (v. 1).
The Psalmist is full of hope. His thoughts move
beyond the hills, mountains and the universe to the Creator God. His
help will come from the God who made the mountains. This is his living
hope. The great Creator God who made
the heavens and the earth is our helper in time of trouble.
The Psalmist explores practical applications as to how the LORD helps
His faithful followers. He is our divine protector who is always alert to dangers we face
in the day or night. Our God never sleeps or slumbers. He will not allow your foot
to slip (vv. 3a-4). Can we not but sleep soundly when God is guarding us on our
Who is your keeper? Who exercises great care over you?
Who takes care of you in your most difficult crisis? Who guards with His love and
protection? The LORD is your keeper (v. 5). The LORD watches over me.
Personalize this Psalm by reverently changing the pronoun
you in verses 3-8 to my. Put your own name in the place of
How does God protect me? The word shadow or shade in verse five
symbolizes protection and defense. The LORD is the source of protection for His people
against the dangers in days and nights (cf. Isa. 25:4). Our protection is in the
shadow of His wings (Psa. 78:8; 36:7). He even hides His people in the shadow of His
hand (Isa. 49:2; Jn. 10:28-29).
Charles Spurgeon makes practical application of this great truth that
the LORD God is our protector at all times and in all circumstances. The purposes of
God: the divine attributes; the immutable promises; the covenant, ordered in all things
and sure; the providence, predestination, and proved faithfulness of the Lordthese
are the hills to which we must lift up our eyes, and from these our help must come.
The apostle Paul gave a list of dangers he faced in 2 Corinthians
11:23-29, and summarized them in Romans 8:35-39 when he asked the question, Who
shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (v. 35). Pauls response is,
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us (v.
I may fall flat on my face in defeat. I may
feel like the greatest failure in this life. I may feel beaten down by
my enemies. But the Psalmist sees the unchanging love and grace of God
watching over him. God does not change, therefore His love for me does
not change. It is eternal and He has demonstrated that love once and for
all at Calvary.
The apostle Paul says absolutely nothing
can separate me from God's matchless love. You will hold me in the palm
of Your sovereign steady hand. I am divinely loved, completely forgiven,
and forever set free through the blood of Jesus Christ Your beloved Son. Nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (v. 39).
Why can we say this with conviction? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. .
. . The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and
forever (Psa. 121:2, 8).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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