Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Into the Hills--A reflection on Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
   from where will my help come?

Sometimes when all seems lost, the only place we have to look, is up.

My help comes from the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth.

Sometimes, remembering that God is in control.  That God made everything reminds me that my problems or fears cannot be that bad. 

He will not let your foot be moved;
   he who keeps you will not slumber.

Sometimes, I need to remember that God doesn't rest.  God is always there.

He who keeps Israel
   will neither slumber nor sleep.

Israel--the chosen people--the people who have striven with God--been blessed by God are protected.  We are adopted into this love and spirit and blessing.  We are God's chosen!

The Lord is your keeper;
   the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
   nor the moon by night.

The Lord has it.  The Lord has you!  You shall be saved!  You are being saved!  You are protected, even from the sun and the moon! 

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 on and for evermore.

When things are bad, don't forget this.  Don't forget that you are loved and chosen and protected.  That the Lord will keep you and love you and be there!  You are special.  Loved.  Forgiven, chosen!

Pastor Emily

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