“Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
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 shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.”
Psalm 121:4-7 (NKJV)
This text focuses on David as he explains the nature of the believer’s security in God.
The believers are urged to remember the source of their protection and security is in God himself. For Israel, the mountains and hills of Palestine afforded them protection against enemies and a certain sense of security. The Psalmist, pointing to the hills, was not implying that the assurance of every believer is in the literal mountains and hills around them, but in the power of the God who provides the protective environment in which they are able to sleep secure each night.
The God we serve protects us and keeps us continually. The first line of reference is the hills themselves, but beyond that, it is God’s hand, moving through the hills that brings our greatest assurances.
The hills are symbolic. They represent the way God provides help. They are not the help themselves.
The 121st Psalm presents God as the perpetual protector of the believer. This psalm presents the believers journey as one that is filled with perilous climbs through rocky mountains and hills.
The idea that God will not suffer about what to be moved represents the truth that God will not allow us to slip outside of that which he wills. That is to say that he protects us from any slips, falls or attacks from enemies that are not according to his will. No enemy can approach us, or defeat us, unless for some reason it is God’s will.
Verse 4 presents us with a reassuring promise that the God who protects us is always on the job. “He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” is the phrase that is used to describe how God maintains a constant vigil around us, watching us, protecting us, encouraging us, building us, and saving us from dangers seen an unseen. We may sleep but God never takes a break nods or takes his eyes off of us.
The 121st psalm presents God as the believer’s body guard, life guard, night watchman and security system. It is through the knowledge that God is always there watching over us that we journey through life confident that we are never alone.
“I’ve seen the lightning flashing; I’ve heard the thunder roll, I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing, which almost conquered my soul I’ve heard the voice of my Savior bidding me still to fight on. He promised never to leave me. Never to leave me alone! No, Never alone, He promised never to leave me alone.”
Pastor Campbell can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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