My Help Comes from the Lord
Tony Chute, Interim Pastor
Overview: Psalm 121 is part of a larger section of “Songs of Ascent.” These songs were sung by worshippers as they approached Jerusalem, which was an uphill climb for everyone. As the Psalmist journeys all the way to the steps of the Temple, he reflects on how his life has been preserved to this point. The source of his strength is none other than the Lord, who has made heaven and earth; references which affirm God’s sovereignty and goodness. Having laid this foundation, the Psalmist is assured that God’s care is comprehensive, constant, and covenantal. He can, therefore, live with confidence, knowing that God is with him in all that he does at all times, even when he is not able to attend the house of the Lord.
01. Like the Psalmist, we can be mindful of God’s help by looking up rather than looking down.
02. Like the Psalmist, we can be grateful for God’s help for ourselves, our church, and our world.
03. Like the Psalmist, we can be confident of God’s help in our coming, our going, and our staying.
For Further Reading: Arthur Bennett, ed. Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotion (Banner of Truth, 1975).