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Psalm 121

English Standard Version (ESV)

My Help Comes from the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

121 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
  From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
  who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved;
  he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
  will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper;
  the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
  nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
  he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
  your going out and your coming in
  from this time forth and forevermore.



  • There is no help in the hills on which the pagans worship. However, for God’s children, our hope comes from the Lord himself.
  • What can we expect from the God who watches over us at all times? Simply that he will “keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life”.
  • Imagine you are an Israelite making this pilgrimage to Mount Zion and visual verbal journaling your way through this psalm of confession and assurance. What parts do you find most reassuring for yourself?
  • What parts do you find most reassuring for a fellow pilgrim whom you know is struggling along the way?
  • Consider using Psalm 121 as an appropriate prayer for all your comings and goings. Offer it at mealtimes, office breaks and bedtimes. Let it influence the prayers and counsel which you offer family, friends and work associates, especially anyone facing an uphill battle.

Prayer & Journaling:

Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the “Spiritual Journal” book.