By bridcf, Jul 5 2020 09:04AM
During these past few months we have all been on something of a ‘lockdown journey’. Thankfully there are signs that things are improving as lockdown is being gradually eased across the country. For us, though, the journey is not yet finished and we need God’s continued encouragement as we face the path ahead of us.
This is where Psalm 121 can help us. It is one of a number of psalms called the Songs of Ascent which are psalms that pilgrims would have sung on their way to one of the great festivals in Jerusalem, as they ascended up to the city. In the Book of Psalms the Songs of Ascent are grouped in threes with a beginning, middle and end to the journey.
Psalm 121 is one of the ‘middle’ psalms, when the pilgrims are engaged in the struggles of the journey. In difficult days, the pilgrims ask, where does our help and hope come from? The psalm’s writer answers in verses 2-4:
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.
As we read these verses we need to be as encouraged by them as those who first sang them were. They are as much a picture of how God fulfils His salvation as it is about the journey to Jerusalem. We know how God has saved us through Jesus and, because of this, we have confidence that as we continue with life’s journey, with all its difficulties, He is personally walking with us day by day. He is with us, leading and guiding us to the presence of God His Father in heaven, where we will be with Him forever.
Until that time, as we continue on in our ‘lockdown journey’ and, indeed on life’s journey itself, may we be encouraged to ever more trust and depend on Jesus alone and find our help and our hope in Him.