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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

  • Lynne
    Jesus Christ my Lord
  • Na'omi
    This is a song of ascents and of degrees. It raises our soul in comfort and encouragement. It can be hard to trust, and even harder to trust that you will rise above situations and circumstances. He will not leave us in our distress and need. We are Jacob's children, the center column, on which the house is built. We must remember that the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is with us always. Adonai!
  • Pearl
    The LORD is always with His children and we should put our trust in Him and Him alone. We must not look to the right or to the left but keep our eyes on Him the Author and Finished of our faith. He promise to protect us so we just have to rest all our cares on Him and believe and trust Him no matter what we go through rest assured He is with us for He cares for us. Praise the Lord.
  • Ivy Johnson
    God is always: loving us: guiding us: guarding us: protecting us: forgiving us: keeping us: We are so blessed. He will never leave us, no matter what we do. We are to ask His forgiveness whenever we sin against Him. Stop sinning: He is such a wonderful Father to us.We don’t deserve his forgiveness, but He is forgiving, wants a pure relationship. Best relationship we will ever have is with Him.
  • RENEE
    God is Everything! All Glory To The Lord!
  • Sharon
    This Psalm is very comforting. Praise the Lord!
  • Valarie
    My God is amazing, astounding, incredible!! No matter what I have been through (hills
  • Lee
    The Lord is always watching and taking care of us. No matter what trials we face here in this life and even our souls in death. We must trust in the Lord, as we are his children and like a loving and kind parent, will always watch over us and keep us safe.

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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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