Psalm 121

My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:2

There is a lot of preparation required for taking a successful trip, and in the midst of all the preparation, it can be easy to miss something. That’s why I make lots of lists when I travel, and one of the key items on the to-do list is always creating a playlist. Different trips require different soundtracks. You don’t need the same music for a road trip to see a basketball game as you do for a trip to the beach. The right songs make the journey even more enjoyable and more meaningful.

Psalms 120-134 are known as the “Songs of Ascents.” They’re believed to be the songs that God’s people would sing on their way to Jerusalem for worship. They were the right songs for the right moment as God’s people prepared to worship Him together. And as they made the sometimes long trip to Jerusalem, looking up to the hills as they traveled, they needed to know, “From where does my help come?”

The rest of Psalm 121 answers that question and also the question of why they needed help. In the midst of a long journey, they needed to know that their help comes from the one who created everything out of nothing. In the midst of a long journey, they needed to know that their helper never slumbers or sleeps, that he steadies their steps and protects them from every danger that they face.

Psalm 121 speaks of the journey to Jerusalem to worship, but it also speaks of the journey of each of us who is following God in faith. On that journey, we need to have the right playlist, and one of those songs needs to be Psalm 121. Wherever you are on your journey today, whatever it is that has you looking for help, remember that the one who made heaven and earth is the one who keeps you. When it seems that we might be losing step or that the heat is more than we can take, we need to hear the right song, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

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