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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

  • Charmaine
    My God is able!!! He never slumber nor sleep. Yawyeh is your name Lord.
  • Leigh Hunter
    In the year 1984 my Mother asked me "take me to my mountains one last time" We drove up I-93 toward the White Mountains and when they came into view she quoted verse 1.
    Now it gives me assurance that we will meet again someday soon.
  • Alicia Robinson
    This is a great Psalm that has given me peace and protection for many years! Thank you oh Lord!
  • Nahum
    We learned this Psalm in grade school.
  • Godwin Edoho
    The chapter is very clear...telling the faithfuls that he, God will never abandon us, and that He will ALWAYS be with us ensuring our feet does not slip that we fall. It is very encouraging. More importantly, God does not lie so this promises is certain and stands for ever.
  • Baba
    This has been my most read verses in the bible and God has been so faithful to me and my family. He is the only one to look up to. I love you lord.
  • Sharronthompson
    This pslm do everything it says For the AbbaGod never slumber nor sleep When my husband get angry and our conversations cannot agree I say this pslm aloud and peace overtake us both. For we have been preserved in going and in coming Glory Halleluyah
  • Ifeanyichukwu Victor Ifeanyi
    With this Psalm I have no fear, after reading every morning I go out with confidence.

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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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