CONCLUSION: We are on a journey to God, and Psalm 121 is a wonderful song for the journey. There was no warning sign to say that gravel road was ahead. RayFowler.org is a place to discuss various issues relating to God and life. It counsels God’s children to trust in the Lord in all situations of life. This is a good one to memorize and have handy for the journey of life. God is for you, and therefore no evil, no permanent harm can befall the believer in Christ. Look at verse 8: “The LORD will watch over your coming and going.” (Psalm 121:8) This is one of the verses that devout Jews recite when they leave or enter their homes. God kept me in both but delivered when I called out to Him. He’s far greater. Devout Jews recite portions of this Psalm when they leave or enter their homes. We find a startling example of this in the gospel of Luke where Jesus tells his disciples: “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. When you read the Old Testament and see how God watched out for Israel and took care of them, you can rest assured that he will do the same for you. Psalm 121 is a psalm about trusting in God’s providential care. And then we have the wonderful promise at the end of verse 8: “The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:8) God is watching over you now, and he will continue to watch over you forever. It was Ben Franklin who said, “God helps those who help themselves,” but the Scriptures teach us that God helps those who seek his help. This is uncomfortable and can be unhealthy. Yet the Lord promises to protect us from such exposure. Verse 1-There have been various interpretations of what the psalmist meant when he wrote, I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills.” The most common … Do you need help this morning? 3. Or forevermore? “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? Isaiah 25:4: For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. And then thirdly, he is close beside you. He never slumbers nor sleeps. Website: http://www.rayfowler.org. On the 24th of August, I preached a sermon at Jubilee during our summer series on some famous psalms. The LORD will keep you from all harm. 19 By standing firm you will gain life.” (Luke 21:16-19) In other words even in betrayal or death the believer still comes out on top. The Lord causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him. My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2). He has promised to protect them from all evil. Sermon Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? It is a name that speaks of God’s covenant relationship with his people and his faithfulness to them. Can you call out to Him in prayer? It is a travel Psalm. Our Father is concerned with the minor details of our lives. David often faced danger from his enemies. He will provide for you. God hears the prayers of his people. – Psalm 37:23-24. He never even gets distracted. and His ears are open to their cry.” Illustration: Elijah on Mt. Help is on the Way! Psalm 46:1 tells us: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) We read in Psalm 90:2: “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2) God is bigger than the mountains and God is before the mountains. He made us and knows us. Psa. You can also check out the Top Posts page to get a feel for the site. He never dozes or nods off. Look at verse 6: “The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.” (Psalm 121:6), The travelers to Jerusalem faced many dangers along the way. Whom have I in heaven but You? When Baal didn’t respond, Elijah teased them: “Shout louder! One evening I was traveling home from a sales trip out west. Once we are safe in our routines things usually go pretty smoothly, but it’s the in-between times – the commute, the move, the change of jobs, the change of health, the change of relationships – it’s in the in-between times that we usually struggle. If you are in Christ, then he who watches over Israel watches over your life as well. 2. We don’t look to the mountains for our strength, but the mountains get our eyes off of our problems and lift our eyes up towards God who can help us in our time of need. He is close beside you. He is close beside you. Travelers are always in danger of accident. This is in contrast to the pagan gods we meet in Scripture. It’s important to note the name for God that is used not only in this psalm but in all fifteen of the Psalms of Ascent. Faith is a pilgrimage. He’s there to guide and protect us. – Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 10:12. The name Yahweh in the Old Testament pointed to God’s covenant relationship with Israel. In the Middle East, the sun is hot and distressing. The hills are also upward in direction. Look at verses 7-8: “The LORD will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; 8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:7-8). Psalm 121:5-6: The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. and Johnny Hart, The Psalms of Ascent – Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, A Theology of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter. Deuteronomy 28:6 says if you obey the Lord your God: “You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.” (Deuteronomy 28:6) David prayed to the Lord in Psalm 139: “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. Intro: The superscription to this Psalm tells us that it is a "Song of Degrees." Solomon prayed this in 2 Chronicles 6:20: Let Your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place. In verse one the psalmist asks “Where does my help come from?” And in verse two we get the answer: “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2) Where does your help come from? Devout Jews traveled to Jerusalem three times a year to keep the Lord’s feasts. The LORD will keep you from all harm. Do you know the Lord? I am praying according to Christ’s model in the Lord’s Prayer and God’s promise here in Psalm 121. He won’t allow evil to harm our soul. pdf: Download File. Today we see how true it is that unbelievers are well described as “having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” (1 Kings 18:27) The implication here is if your god is sleeping when you need him, then you don’t have much of a god, do you? The Creator is your helper. – Psalm 91:5-6, God protects you from accidents. I cried Father help me. He turns the trials that come our way into stepping stones. If God made the world by His great power, surely He is able to help us. But praise God you don’t have to choose. The Beatles used to sing: “I get by with a little help from my friends.” The commercial for the Lifeline product carries the tagline: “Help! The creation reflects the Creator. Look at verses 3-4: “He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:3-4). What can happen to believers that God doesn’t allow. But God promises to be their protector. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. Yet the Lord delivered him out of all his troubles. I immediately called out to God. Psalm 121 teaches us three big truths about God’s help and care for you. Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? I also pray for their spiritual growth, that God would grant them victory in their fight against sin, that they would know and follow God’s will for their lives. Psalm 121 is A Song of Hope in a world without hope. The Psalmist considered where he might find protection for his journey. We learned last week that these psalms were sung by those traveling to Jerusalem for the three great feasts. B. You must lift your eyes to look at a mountain. In the storms of our life, God will at times set himself between us and the fury of the storm and so protect us from it. God not only made the mountains. Are you looking high enough? And because God never slumbers nor sleeps – that means that you can! We read in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Jeremiah 10:12 says: “God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.” (Jeremiah 10:12) In other words the Maker of heaven and the earth has unlimited power, wisdom and understanding.