God is our DIVINE PROTECTOR who ‘NEVER SLEEPS’
June 25 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 120-127
"I will lift up my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."(Psalms 121:1-4)
Psalms 121 is a pilgrim song in the form of a dialogue, possibly between the worshipers and a priest. It has been called the Traveler’s Psalm. The psalmist speaks either of the hills he had to cross on his return home or those hills surrounding Jerusalem. His help does not come from the hills, but from the Lord, the Creator of the hills. This psalm fits well against the backdrop of a pilgrimage for it is concerned with the uncertainties one faces on such a journey. It moves naturally from the need for help (vv. 1, 2) to the promise of God’s protection (vv. 3–8).
The temple in Jerusalem was the dwelling place of God on earth. The glory cloud in the Holy of Holies signified the Lord’s presence among His people. The city of Jerusalem is situated on a mountain and is surrounded by mountains. So when a Jew in other parts of Israel needed divine help, he looked toward the hills. To him this was the same as looking to the Lord. Since the Creator’s dwelling was in the Jerusalem hills, there was a poetic sense in which all help came from the hills.
In the first two verses of this psalm, the speaker is the psalmist, expressing his complete reliance on the Maker of heaven and earth. Beginning with verse 3, there is a change of speaker. In the remaining verses, we hear God guaranteeing the eternal security of those whose trust is in Him. Our foot will be preserved from being moved. Since the foot speaks of foundation or standing, it means that God will keep His trusting child from slipping or failing.
God has promised that the Hebrew will not disappear from the face of the earth, and there are 4,000 years of history to validate God’s declaration (Psalms 105:1–11, Isaiah 43:1–7; Jeremiah 31:35–37). Similarly, there is the guarantee of a Guardian who will remain awake to protect us. Throughout the night hours, when we are no longer conscious of the world around us, God watches over us with constant, unwearied care as He has watched over Israel in the past. The Lord God puts a garrison around us with His holy angels, so that even while we sleep we are confident of protection because He never sleeps. The attacks of Satan never catch our God off guard!
The dangers in modern society are just as great as when this psalm was penned. But God goes before us (vv. 3–4) and He stays awake to guide us and guard our path. He is next to us (v. 5) and over us (v. 6), and He will take us safely to our heavenly land one day (vv.7–8).