Posts Tagged ‘My help comes from the Lord’

He shall preserve your soul

June 22, 2018

The Psalms serve as a reservoir where believers we can be refreshed along life’s sometimes tedious journey. The Verse of the Day for June 22, 2018 provides great comfort and assurance to the believer:Psalm 121:7-8:

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.

Throughout the Psalms of David, we find references to the Lord God Jehovah who preserve His people. The Hebrew verb translated “preserve” means to keep, to watch, as a watchman on the wall; to hedge about or to guard, protect or attend to constantly,

The Psalms proclaim over and over Jehovah God Almighty not only preserves those who love Him, but He also delivers those who call upon Him. Take a look at Psalm 97:10 (AMP):

You who love the Lord, hate evil; He protects the souls of His godly ones (believers), He rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalm 32:7 also reminds us of who God is and what He does:

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

The Psalmist offers these prayers to God:

Psalm 40:11

Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.

Psalm 140:1, 4

Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men;
Preserve me from violent men,

4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men,
Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.

Psalm 143:11 (NLT) offers this petition:

For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.

This original “psalm” recognizes who God is and what He will do:

As children runs to safety in their father’s arms,
So we, too, run to you, “our shelter from life’s storms.”
Lord, we long to dwell with you in the secret place,
Our buckler, our shield, deliverer, our fortress,
Strong tower, defender, who responds to our prayers.
For Lord, you are faithful, who will establish us
And protect us and deliver us from evil.

We close with another “psalm” a prayer, inspired by series of teachings from Nehemiah related to rebuilding the wall and restoring the gates of Jerusalem:

A Prayer While Waiting at the Horse Gate

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:
but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Psalm 20:7

May we remember the source of true strength at this gate,
As we recall the matchless name of the Almighty,
Who may seem to tarry but indeed is never late.

May we understand His ways, for we have eyes to see,
As we come to recognize that God is our resource,
While ever striving toward the place of our destiny.

May we not place our trust in a chariot or horse,
Symbolic of authority, worldly goods and power,
But trust in God and not presume to chart our own course.

May we come to know God as our defense, our strong tower,
Our deliverer who knows us by name, the all-wise one,
Who calls me into the Kingdom for this very hour.

God gives power and renews the strength of those who wait.
May we remember the source of true strength at this gate.

The Verse of Day reiterates the message that the Lord preserves those who love Him, as we close with a musical rendering of Psalm 121

Psalm 121: Shall I lift up my eyes to the hills?

September 11, 2017

Psalm 121--1-2

On September 11, 2017, 911-Remembrance and Service Day, the nation is encouraged to remember, reflect, and volunteer. As the nation recovers from the ravages of some of the most destructive hurricanes on record, we recognize the overwhelming need for volunteers.

The Verse of the Day for September 11, 2017 is a familiar passage from Psalm 121 celebrating God’s guardian care for His people, as we look to God for the help the nation so desperately needs.

Psalm 121:1-2 in the Amplified Bible Classic Edition:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]—from whence shall my help come?

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

KC Pillai and other scholars point out that the first verse of Psalm 121 is often rendered as a statement when in actuality it should be a question. In contrast to the rendering of in the verse 1 in other versions, such as the King James, which opens with “I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help”, Pillai suggests that the verse should be read: “Shall I lift up my eyes to the hills? From whence comes my help?” The answer follows in verse two: “My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.”

This particular psalm is said to be among the Psalms of Degrees or Songs (Psalms) of Ascent. Psalms 120-134 comprise a “hymn book” from which pilgrims sang as they were ascending Mount Zion, the highest point in Jerusalem, the place of celebration of the annual feasts mandated by God for the Children of Israel.  Paul Stroble, in his blog devoted to this psalm points out that “Clift McCann writes in The New Interpreter’s Bible that these psalms are all short enough to be memorized and several contain references to everyday life, implying that these psalms reflect the experiences of everyday people traveling or arriving at Jerusalem.”

Stroble, also mentions that various writers refer to Psalm 121 as “the psalm for the journey of life,” and “the psalm for sojourners.”  He continues his discussion of the merits of this psalm that he finds especially meaningful “because of the comfort of its promises as one travels literally and figuratively.” Indeed, Zion is the ultimate destination of those pilgrims journeying to Jerusalem and those sojourning through life, as this poetic excerpt reveals:

Zion

For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.

Psalm 132:13

 

To ascend the holy hill, the quest to reach Mount Zion,

To dwell in that high mountain, a place of untold beauty.

Still onward and upward in this lifelong journey,

We situate ourselves in an accurate position,

As our obedience activates the blessings of God.

God’s spirit overflows and floods our hearts with new song.

We conclude with a composition inspired by Psalm 121 offered by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

Psalm 121 is a favorite Psalm of many believers. It may be hard to choose, but do you have a favorite Psalm? Tell us about it.