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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

  • Cher-Hoy
    I will lift up my eyes unto the hills
    Which my help cometh from rabboni who made heaven and earth, He answered my cry and fulfilled my needs, now l'm happy for all my life, in Jesus name. Thank God
  • Esther brown
    When I need help God is the only one I can call on In the time of trouble,he's everything to me he's my doctor my healer he's my saviour and my friend.
  • Sophia
    Such comforting words.The Lord God is God indeed!
  • Jenelle Isaac
    Wonderful psalm. If we really do exactly as this psalm says we will be good. Put your trust and faith in the lord for he alone can deliver us he alone could help us. He is the one and only god there is non other than him. Just trust and believe. I put all my faithvand trust in him!! He's just wonderful!!!
  • Doris peterson
    My help do come from God and I love him so much, no God don't sleep but we do and I believe that God watched over us while we are sleep. The Lord is my keeper, and he do preserve my soul because he love me so much.
  • Oby Uwakwe
    Its one of my favourite psalm. As long as we put our trust in God not in man.He will bring every thing concerning us to perfection. It reminds us of His greatness that He never sleeps nor slumbers. He is the Mighty one of His people Israel. If you are picking on Israel watch out, for God will get ya.

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