Summary: Lessons of God’s Protection for us as seen through Psalms 121: 1-8.
Musicians play “The Giving Song”
Let me first pause and thank our Pastor.
Let us pray: Father, coming as humbly as we know how…I have heard your voice speaking to me and Lord I ask that you grant me utterance now to speak your word. Create in your children clean hearts that they may have planted in their soil…seeds this day…that will grow high and bear great fruits. I ask this in the name of your precious son: Jesus. Amen.
God is good…we don’t sound like we know that God is good…he woke me with Joy…this morning..I stand as a testimony…weeping may endure for the night….bed, suit, car, youth..JOY…JOY…JOY
Let me get back on track. Text is Psalm 121. History of Psalm: 1043-931 B.C. Psalm was Mizmore Daveed.
The First, Second, and Third Books end with Amen and Amen; the Fourth, with Amen and Hallelujah, the Fifth, with Hallelujah.
PSALMS 121:1-8 “I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES UNTO THE HILLS, FROM WHENCE COMETH MY HELP. MY HELP COMETH FROM THE LORD, WHICH MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH. HE WILL NOT SUFFER THY FOOT TO BE MOVED: HE THAT KEEPETH THEE WILL NOT SLUMBER. BEHOLD, HE THAT KEEPETH ISRAEL SHALL NEITHER SLUMBER NOR SLEEP. THE LORD IS THY KEEPER; THE LORD IS THY SHADE UPON THY RIGHT HAND. THE SUN SHALL NOT SMITE THEE BY DAY, NOR THE MOON BY NIGHT. THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE THEE FROM ALL EVIL: HE SHALL PRESERVE THY SOUL. THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE THY GOING OUT AND THY COMING IN FROM THIS TIME FORTH, AND EVEN FOR EVERMORE.”
I want to talk this day about - God’s Protection
This text tells us many things if we just open our eyes and our hearts to understanding. We can see how god is three things to us. (Falling, Circumstances, and Defending)
First, if we open our eyes and hearts to understanding – we will notice that the Lord is our helper. Helping us in tough times. Keep us from falling
Second, if we open our eyes and hearts to understanding – we will noticed that He’s our keeper. Keeping us safe. Safe from circumstances
Thirdly, if we open our eyes and hearts to understanding - He’s our preserver. Preserving our way. How many know he’ll preserve and Defend us against evil.
How many know this morning…that he’s been there for you…when you weren’t there for yourself…Amen is this mirophone on….y’all don’t hear me this day. But I heard somebody say that he’ll be your helper, keeper, and preserver if you been saved by his grace….for in the book of Hebrews 13:5 it tells me Holt St “..for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” So I want you to know that Christ is always there for you if you’re one of His. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He’ll never slumber or sleep. There will never be a time when we call upon God that He’s not available for us. The Bible says He’s there even before we call upon His name. He’s our Alpha and Omega…our Dr when we are sick..our lawyer in the courtroom…so when they ask you..tell that …who told Moses to tell them that…That I am that I am.
I heard a story of a family’s who home ….
All of us long to feel safe. We want to know that we are protected from danger. Policemen; Restaurants; Cars, Military.
But where do safety really come from? From
Let us read in the Word of God the answer to this question. 10:30
In our text this morning, we read a Psalm that Israelites would often sing while making their yearly pilgrimage to worship in the temple in Jerusalem. For many, this was a long and treacherous trip. The miles were long and the traveler was vulnerable. There were dangers that awaited them on many fronts. They were many things that could go wrong, many bad things that could happen. It wasn’t like today and if your on highway 85 or 65 heading to Atlanta or Birmingham..and if you have car trouble you can just call someone on the cell phone. But I don’t think that the Israelites had cell phones in 900 b.c. They couldn’t summon the police if they were in trouble. They had reason to fear. They longed to feel the same safety and protection that we still long for in our world today. So, they would sing this song. Psalm 121 was written to remind God’s people as to how He protects them in times in danger. We see this in the first two verses which serve as an introduction. I lift up my eyes to the hills, one asks, where the pagan temples could be seen upon the mountain tops? Where does my help come from? The answer is our theme this morning: “My help comes from the Lord”. That word for “help” also signifies protection. God is being pictured as our guardian. The dangers before us may not be the same as the ones they faced, but our unchanging God still protects us from danger. The question then is, how does God protects us from danger? Our text suggests three ways God protects us from danger.