will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  (Psalm 121:1-2)

Psalm 121, one of my personal favorites, reminds me that God is my permanent helper, provider, and guardian.   This simple yet profound psalm is called a Song of Ascents, a psalm sung by the ancient Jewish pilgrims as they traveled up to Jerusalem for the annual festivals.  The trip was a journey up into the hills and mountains of Jerusalem.  It was a long and difficult journey, and the pilgrims had to endure hot days and cold nights, rough terrain, and the threat of thieves and wild animals.  Aware of the dangers, the psalmist lifted his eyes unto the hills, then turned his attention to the Creator of those hills, and said, “My help comes from God.” 

Psalm 121:3-8 tells us of God’s vigilant watch over the pilgrims, and that they are safe in His protection.  The psalmist assures them that God never sleeps and will not allow their feet to slip.  The psalmist affirms that the great Guardian will extend His care and protection to the pilgrims for the rest of their lives. 

In our world today, there are many troubles, and the psalmist is not saying God’s children will never encounter them.  Rather, God has promised to accompany us, strengthen us, and sustain us through them.  (Psalm 55:22)  The psalmist reminds us that God is bigger than the troubles of the world and the trials we face, and there is nothing that takes Him by surprise.  Psalm 121 invites us to look beyond heaven and earth and to trust in the Creator of it all, who has the power to watch over our lives and keep us in His care.    

Heavenly Father, thank You for standing guard over our lives, for being our helper and our provider, and for sustaining us through our trials.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen. 


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.