Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My God, My Shepherd

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm 
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

I taught first grade Sunday School for a number of years.  Whoever designed the curriculum considered Psalm 121 a priority for the children to memorize.   I'm grateful they did.   For all the years of teaching it to others have kept it hidden in my heart.   With the better weather here the mountains that tower above us can be clearly seen.   I have an especially good view in the morning as I pull up to my place of work.   This Psalm then comes to mind, a wonderful start to my day.   It is thought to have been written by King David in the Wilderness of Paran upon learning of the death of Samuel, likely the last earthly friend who could influence the King of Israel.   David turned to the Lord, his true and everlasting help.   Our God ever cares for us even through great grief and loss.   He is our Good Shepherd.  

I Lift My Eyes Up - Brian Doerksen

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