This one of my favorite Psalms. Just meditate on it for a moment.
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
This was written as one of the songs of ascents, during which, the Jews will go up to Jerusalem for a festival every year. As they went up, they would sing one of these songs in every step.
They were looking up to the hills. I can just imagine them, with all the things that were going on in their lives, asking the same question that you’re probably asking today.
v1 – From where does my help come?
Except that, it was a rhetorical question because they knew the answer to it.
v2 – My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
I want to remind you of this truth in the next verses:
v3-4 – He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
God, literally, does not sleep. He does not get tired nor need a rest. He’s not like us. He neither slumber nor sleep. He’s there 24/7, keeping you, not letting anything move your spirit. He’s always available ready to help you in your time of need. Would you call for help?
v5-7 – The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
In short, He keeps you. He holds your life. He knows everything there is to know about your life. He can be your keeper. Would you allow Him to be just that? When you finally realize that God holds your life better than you think you do, it liberates you, from all fear and doubt.
Lastly, I have never realize more about the truth in this last verse than during the past few days of my life. My grandmother just passed away a week ago. The last time I saw her in her bed she was very weak, almost unconscious. I can remember asking God, how can she overcome this? How can we? It was life or death. But I clearly remember God reminding me of this last verse.
v8 – The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
I realized that because she had Jesus in her life. She’s either going to wake up through a miracle, alive and well and experiencing more the presence of God in her life, in this world, or she’s going to wake up not in this world anymore but in heaven and she still gets to experience the presence of God in her life, even more so than us.
No matter what happens, if you have a relationship with Jesus, in life or in death, you always get to win. He keeps your coming out and coming in. Death is not the final statement in your life.
If you’re in a situation in your life where it feels like everything is going down, look up and find where your help is coming from!