Pastor’s Ponderings: Help on a Rough Road

Posted by on Apr 4, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

During the coronavirus pandemic (in April of 2020), Pastor Jim wrote the following encouraging reminder from Psalm 121.  No matter how rough the road seems now- Look up!  God is watching over us and “our help will come from the LORD- the maker of heaven and earth.”

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Greetings Friends:
 
PLEASE READ:  Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore

Psalm 121 (all 8 verses)

Historians, Bible Scholars, and Theologians tell us that Psalm 121 is a psalm (actually an ancient song) that God’s people would often sing, probably over and over while making their yearly pilgrimage to worship at the Temple in Jerusalem. For many, the miles were long and treacherous making the traveler vulnerable to all kinds of danger.  Remember, they had no interstate highway system in place upon which to travel or a motor club to call on their cell phones if they were in trouble. They couldn’t charter a bus, train, or plane to quickly take them to where they were going. They had good reason to be concerned and like anyone, they wanted the trip(s) to be safe for themselves and their families.  So, as an expression of their faith as they traveled, they would sing this song, Psalm 121.  

This wonderful psalm was written to remind God’s people of how God watches over them in times of uncertainty. We see this in the first two verses: “I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come from?” (v1). The answer is found quickly in v2, “My help comes from the Lord.”  While this psalm may have been sung by a community of faith, it is a very personal psalm. This means that you and I can trust that God cares and is watching over all of us!  What confidence, what comfort, what assurance that gives us moving forward…, AMEN?
 
When difficulty, challenges, uncertainty, confusion come into our lives, we can gain strength for what lies ahead by looking to the Lord. Scripture reminds us that God is vigilant and faithful. Read again what the psalmist writes, I lift up MY eyes to the hills– where does MY help come from? MY help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.  The uncertainties before us may not be the same as those faced by ancient Israel, but our unchanging God is still watching over us as He did them. The writer of Psalm 121 helps us to understand that we can have confidence because God is faithful.
 
The message of this nearly 3,000-year-old psalm is that God is watching over all of us because He cares for us deeply. God loves you my friends!  Stay safe! By all means practice social distancing, practice all of the safety recommendations being offered to us by our elected and medical officials. And keep the faith! Our God is watching over us!

Shalom,

Pastor Jim

 

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