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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

  • Carolyn S.W.
    The Lord Is Great And Mighty!
  • Carolyn S. W.
    God's word shall stand when all else fails, this chapter lets me know I don't have to fear because, God does not sleep, he is watching over me day and night. His protection is around me continually!
    Anything that I need I can go to him and ask, because he is my provider, he has my best interest at heart. I cannot live without him, Praise, and glory be to God from whom all blessings flow!!!
  • Damali
    Thank you Lord foryour kindness and mercy.
  • Jessica
    God is awesome he keeps me safe
  • Phillip
    Psalms 121too many times as Christians we have our head hanging down forgetting all that God has done for us so when I read Psalms 121 I remember if I look unto the hills from which cometh my help I remember there's a guy that sits high and look down low and he will not put on me no more than I can bear
  • Annabelle Andrus
    I was about to go to bed, but I was and felt empty needing a word of encouragement.the holy Spirit direct me to the 121 book of psalms.where out says when u are down and oppress keep your mind on God and he will give you strength and he will bless you coming in and going out.thank God for his word...
  • Rcarter
    When I am at low periods in my life, this chapter reminds me that no matter how difficult troubles may become, I can still trust God!!
  • Jennifer
    God is an awesome God, he is true to his words.Trusting him and believing in him and most importantly have a relationship with him is what is expected of us. Because the scripture profess the things he is doing for us unconditionally‚Äč..

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