Christian Corner: Confidence In The Lord’s Protection 

Written By Faith McCray ~ Copy Desk Chief 

Picture of Lake Gaston Taken From Highway Taken By Faith McCray 

Psalm 121 is a song of ascents. 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

The psalmist in v.1 is enjoying the view as he looks up at the mountains taking in the beauty that is Jerusalem.

The psalmist is currently on a journey to the Holy City of Jerusalem. 

He and his group were considering camping in the hill country overnight, which was common during this time. Therefore, it was not unusual that the psalmist would take their protection into consideration as well. 

Today, society can be a terrifying place, so many wonder how they will be protected when they are scared or find themselves in a threatening situation. 

That being said, we ask ourselves the same question the psalmist did, “Where does my help come from?” 

In v.2 the question, “Where does my help come from?” is answered. 

The passage explains the travelers trip to the Holy City. It explains how the trip is dangerous, scary, challenging, etc..

The answer to this is simple: God. Trust in God is the key to feeling confident and secure.

The psalmist describes the Lord as the creator of both heaven and earth. He worshiped God and knew that God created everything there is. 

The psalmist had no reason to be scared because he knew he had such a powerful God right beside him. 

However, the Bible informs us that God does not promise us safety here on earth (John 16:33). Yet, He does watch over us all the time (Proverbs 15:3). 

There is nothing going on in our lives that God is not already aware of. Meaning, we have nothing to fear. 

In v.3 we receive reassurance that the Lord helps the travelers. 

There are references to footing that is known to be a common symbol in the Bible for safety and being a follower of God. Examples include: Psalm 1:1, Psalm 17:5, Psalm 119:105, and so many more. 

If we encounter trouble here on earth, we can always rest in knowing that God is in control (Romans 8:37-39). 

V.4 continues to explain that the Lord is always watching over us. 

God is omniscient and always knows what is taking place (Hebrews 4:13). He watches over His children and acts as their guardian. 

There is continued reassurance from the two previous verses in v.5. This verse takes in account God’s provision against threats. 

God’s protection in v.5 is symbolized as a shade. The Lord hides believers in the “shadow of his wings” when troubles encounter them in their lives, just as He did with David in Psalm 57:1

This verse also contains the phrase “right hand.” This is a phrase used in scripture that typically references strength and authority. 

In this particular Psalm, God is guarding the strength of His people through His right hand. 

It is no surprise that we as people can experience heatstroke.

In Israel the same thing occurs as it is known to be home to a hot climate. However, in the evening the temperature is known to drop drastically. 

The travelers in v.6 are expressing their confidence that the Lord will protect them during the morning and the evening as He is always watching over them. 

V.7 informs us of the Lord’s gracious care for his people. 

If there is one thing that we know as Christians, it is that the Bible does not hide the fact that we will encounter trials and afflictions (John 16:33). 

However, trials and affiliations can do no harm to the ones that are saved. 

Even in death we receive the blessing of getting to spend eternity in the Lord’s presence (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).

The final verse in Psalm 121 (v.8) reassures us that the Lord is always with us. 

He is with us when we rest and continues to stay with us when we wake. He has always been with us, always is and always will be. 

Are you looking to become involved in the Christian community on campus? 

  • Cru has a weekly meeting on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Campus Outreach has a weekly meeting on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. 
  • Delight Ministries has a weekly meeting on Mondays at 8:00 p.m.

Cru and Campus Outreach meetings are both located in the Hornet Hive on the bottom floor of The Drysdale Student Center. Delight Ministries weekly meeting is located in Schewel Hall in room 229. 

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