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1 (A Song of degrees.) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Commentary for Psalms 121

The safety of the godly.

- We must not rely upon men and means, instruments and second causes. Shall I depend upon the strength of the hills? upon princes and great men? No; my confidence is in God only. Or, we must lift up our eyes above the hills; we must look to God who makes all earthly things to us what they are. We must see all our help in God; from him we must expect it, in his own way and time. This psalm teaches us to comfort ourselves in the Lord, when difficulties and dangers are greatest. It is almighty wisdom that contrives, and almighty power that works the safety of those that put themselves under God's protection. He is a wakeful, watchful Keeper; he is never weary; he not only does not sleep, but he does not so much as slumber. Under this shade they may sit with delight and assurance. He is always near his people for their protection and refreshment. The right hand is the working hand; let them but turn to their duty, and they shall find God ready to give them success. He will take care that his people shall not fall. Thou shalt not be hurt, neither by the open assaults, nor by the secret attempts of thine enemies. The Lord shall prevent the evil thou fearest, and sanctify, remove, or lighten the evil thou feelest. He will preserve the soul, that it be not defiled by sin, and disturbed by affliction; he will preserve it from perishing eternally. He will keep thee in life and death; going out to thy labour in the morning of thy days, and coming home to thy rest when the evening of old age calls thee in. It is a protection for life. The Spirit, who is their Preserver and Comforter, shall abide with them for ever. Let us be found in our work, assured that the blessings promised in this psalm are ours.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 121

  • Elizabeth Mokake
    Our God is so loving, comforting and always available for His children. His Words in Psalm 121 project this. Thank you God for your love, care, and protection. Without which many of us could have been wiped out by the wicked one. I remember how sick I used to be. Medical doctors did their best to heal me but to no avail. However God healed me and took me out of my bed where I laid for many years.
  • Carol
    God's safety assurance prayer. Very powerful and peaceful. The very first psalm that I got to know as one of my dad's prayers for us each time we are about to leave home to travel out. May His name remain sacred and mighty!
  • Joshua
    believe me. the word of God in all psalm is very powerful all is outstanding. but this psalm 121 is special made anchor your word on it. the lord will surely proof his name in your life.
  • Dorothy
    I love psalms 121 it lifts me up i know all my help and strength comes from GOD if it wasnt for him ill be truly lost praise God i love him his name will forever be in my mouth amen
  • Sheila Ann Norman
    The Great love of Abundance!
  • Rolina prescott
    Very Nice prayer

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According to Psalm 121, we can be secure in God's protection because God never does what?
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