IN THE FACE OF DANGER, song writers in Bible times liked to lean on God.
But we should probably remember that they are songs about God, not necessarily promises from God.
Psalm 121 isn’t a song you’d want to sing to someone who just lost a loved one in a tragic accident or in a crime.
To me, it sounds more like a prayer – one soul’s passionate plea to God for safety.
I’ve put it in my own words, which is a Bible study technique I use to help me think harder about what the writer is trying to say.
I look up to the hills where some folks go to pray. I won’t find help there.
My help comes from the LORD who made those hills, and everything else – heaven and earth.
He’ll help you stay on your feet. He’s your God and your protector day and night. He won’t let you fall.
He watches over all of his people. He never takes time off for a nap.
This isn’t just any bodyguard watching over you. It’s the LORD himself. You can stand in his shade when the sun burns hot.
The heat can’t touch you. You’re safe in the moonlight night, too.
The LORD will keep you safe when life gets dicey and dangerous.
When you come and go here and there and anywhere, the LORD has his eye on you. Now and forever. Psalm 121:1-8, Steve’s Bible Translation