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

  • Lois Obiyo on Psalms 121
    One of my favorite psalms, very comforting and assuring. Praise the Lord.
  • Kevin Mack on Psalms 121
    I'm shaken to my very soul, I just read Matthew : chapter's 24 and 25 great fear grips me when I see the politicians close the churches. At the same time I read psalm 121 I wonder what will happen to us here in America. I want this psalm to come to pass for me and the other saints as well. God please let us find away to understand both passages of scripture. Give us till 2024, or rapture us out of here. I'm wanting psalm 121 to be real for me.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Psalms 121
    Hey Kevin Mack - I understand your concerns. there was a time in my lifetime when America was a somewhat Godly country. We had Bible reading and prayer in public school when I was very young. the streets were safe with little crime, divorce was rare and people generally respected each other. Look at the USA today with abortion common, sodomite marriage and murder rampant. Judgment is coming and the church has generally been more concerned about tithes than anything else. Paul tells us the Lord promises us basically 2 things food and clothes

    1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

    Jesus warned we would be hated and have trouble in this world it has just begun
  • Lorraine Joy Crawford on Psalms 121
    This is a powerful plasm it protects your journey in and out.
  • Mary Andersons on Psalms 121
    This is my assurance come from the lord my going out and my coming in . Very good chapter to read for assurance.
  • Kierston Lark on Psalms 121
    Psalms 121 verses 1-8 speaks to me as a matter of fact Psalms 121 verse 1-8 are my favorite
  • Waiomi on Psalms 121
    This is my assurance that this bible verses applies to me, my family, and all those I pray for each and everyday. To God be all the glory, honor, thanksgiving and praises, AMEN!
  • Bigs on Psalms 121
    I felt strong and protective with this plsam . In the name of Jesus
  • Bigs on Psalms 121
    I think its a deliverance plsam
  • Gladys Adjei-Poku on Psalms 121
    This psalm has been my support in times of need when I am fasting, asking God for deliverance, guidance and protection from fears and work of the enemy. When I am afraid it has brought me comfort. I have known this psalm from childhood and it continues to be powerful everyday even as I age. Praise be to God for His word that revives, encourages, and reassures. Amen.


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