Psalm 121 has long been one of my favorite Psalms. The number of times that I have spoken it over my own life, preached it to my own soul, rejoiced in its encouragement in the Spirit would be too many to count.
As we were concluding our time in the Word of God of the many blessings of receiving “from His fullness grace upon grace (John 1:16),” I was asking the Lord, “where will You take us next?” His response was Psalm 121 and I know He is speaking to my heart above all others. So I pray that you will come along with me on this journey as I hear and receive the Word of The Lord.
Most of us realize that the Bible is a very personal letter that God wrote to the whole world and yet it is a very personal letter written to His children corporately and One-on-one. It is absolutely amazing how the Sovereign Creator of the universe is able to know each of us personally and intimately…and keep us. I mean, what a Mighty God! He is not like this mom. I sometimes call my adult sons by the wrong name. I believe it is because my hearts knows the one in front of me is safe, sound, and all is well. The other son is not in front of me and I don’t know where he is, what he is doing and how he is doing. My heart is wanting to know the same thing about the other son that I do about one in front of me. Don’t worry, I do it with both sons equally and with my grands. They are all familiar with my confusion. 🙂
Our all-knowing God is not like that at all. He knows each of our names one by one and everything else there is to know about us. What a blessing! Because He knows, I don’t have to be ashamed. I can come to Him and share the truth of my heart because He knows it anyway. The Lord is my safe place. Psalm 139 helps us to know just how well our Father loves and knows us. Surely, since He knows me this well and has the whole world in His hands, He is able to be my help. I must choose to trust Him.
Psalm 139 (NLT)
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
You, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and You lay Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, You are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there Your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to You;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to You.
13 For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in Your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are Your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with You.
As I crawled into the bed last evening, I was pondering, “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, where does my help come from.?” The Lord showed me 3 things to pray about before going to sleep:
- “I” – child of God, the God who knows me, He knows my name
- will lift up my eyes – if I have to lift up my eyes to God, could my eyes be wrongly focused
- help is needed – the God who knows everything is the greatest source
Lets talk about it on tomorrow.