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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

  • LYDIA
    My favorite chapter in the BIBLE> One that speaks FROM the heart, and tells of God's glory. It will be read at my "final goodbye" service...absolutely.
  • Barbarahn
    Favourite psalm, it says everything, it’s short, and easy to recall. It’s also very beautiful and
    Reassuring. Reminds us that God is there and protecting us from harm, if we call on him.
    Thank you king David for reminding us of His love.
  • Perry
    When I lift my face up to him it shows humility. It also proves to him that we acknowledge that we can not make it without his help.
  • Cecilia
    The rock of ages is my strength
  • Tamar
    Truly God is a present help in the time of trouble he is the hills I lift my head to. And Apostle Paul said Gods grace for us his strength is made perfect in our weakness.
  • Susie Robinson
    Thank God for Blessed Assurance!!! His Son,our Savior Jesus Christ...
  • Gloria Imes
    It is a blessings to have the assurances that Jehovah is our defender day and night and He keeps us from evil and He preserves our very soul His eyes is upon us as we come and go forever
  • Phyllis
    Awesome assurance knowing God is always there, watching Day and night. He shall neither slumber nor sleep. Thank you Lord for saving me, and I will always trust in your amazing Grace.

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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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