Friday, August 19, 2011

I Will Lift Up My Eyes Toward The Mountains

A Song of Ascents.

Psalm 121:1

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

Oh my friend, how many times the Lord has shown me His faithfulness!

It is He who spoke the heavens into existence
It is He who gave the earth its form and gathered the waters into seas
It is He who gave me life and has numbered my days, even the hairs on my head
It is He who has given me salvation and He who will keep me unto that day!

There is peace and rest in knowing He did not save us just to throw us to the wolves or leave us to our own demise but has placed a higher calling on our lives......We who belong to Him are called to love and to live our lives in righteousness through Him........We are called to a higher standard of living than the world lives, to live a life without compromise that is pleasing to Him.......We cannot live a life without compromise apart from Him.

In fact it is when we get our eyes off of Him that we can get into trouble and can even find ourselves on a slippy slope of compromise but He has promised that if we will look to Him and place our trust in Him that He will not allow us to fall.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

121:1-8 The safety of the godly. - We must not rely upon men and means, instruments and second causes. Shall I depend upon the strength of the hills? upon princes and great men? No; my confidence is in God only. Or, we must lift up our eyes above the hills; we must look to God who makes all earthly things to us what they are. We must see all our help in God; from him we must expect it, in his own way and time. This psalm teaches us to comfort ourselves in the Lord, when difficulties and dangers are greatest. It is almighty wisdom that contrives, and almighty power that works the safety of those that put themselves under God's protection. He is a wakeful, watchful Keeper; he is never weary; he not only does not sleep, but he does not so much as slumber. Under this shade they may sit with delight and assurance. He is always near his people for their protection and refreshment. The right hand is the working hand; let them but turn to their duty, and they shall find God ready to give them success. He will take care that his people shall not fall. Thou shalt not be hurt, neither by the open assaults, nor by the secret attempts of thine enemies. The Lord shall prevent the evil thou fearest, and sanctify, remove, or lighten the evil thou feelest. He will preserve the soul, that it be not defiled by sin, and disturbed by affliction; he will preserve it from perishing eternally. He will keep thee in life and death; going out to thy labour in the morning of thy days, and coming home to thy rest when the evening of old age calls thee in. It is a protection for life. The Spirit, who is their Preserver and Comforter, shall abide with them for ever. Let us be found in our work, assured that the blessings promised in this psalm are ours.


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Indeed, He has come and saved me. LOVE this song...

Paula said...

Beautiful song!