I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2, NIV)
I am so glad that I know where my help comes from — You! You made everything I know, so none of it is confusing to you. You understand what I cannot; you always have the right answer. You are the perfect helper in every situation. Knowing you is far more life.
I am thankful that You are always willing to help me. Because You love me. Because You have made me part of your family. Because of Your character and who You are. I can look to You with confidence, knowing You are capable. I can look to You expectantly, knowing you are available and willing. And You will not let me down or leave me to suffer or struggle alone. Trusting you is far more life.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:3-4, NIV)
I am so thankful that I can never fall from Your grace. You have promised to never leave me or forsake me. You have promised that nothing can separate me from Your love. You have promised that nothing can destroy me. I am secure in You, regardless of what happens in my life. Neither circumstances or sin can break the covenant You made with me. Being held by You is far more life.
As I write this I am so tired. I long to lay down, close my eyes, and drift off to sleep. I face exhaustion every day — physical exhaustion, mental exhaustion, emotional exhaustion, spiritual exhaustion. But You do not. You never get tired. You never need a break. You always think clearly and act rightly. I can sleep in peace because You are awake and alert. I can rest in the knowledge that no evil will overcome me while You are distracted or unavailable. I am safe in Your care, even in my most vulnerable condition. Resting in You is far more life.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night. (Psalm 121:5-6, NIV)
I am so glad that You shelter me. There are so many things in life that could burn me. I do not always recognize the dangers that surround me, but You do. I am often unable to see clearly, but You see everything perfectly. You do not miss anything. With You as my guard, no threat is cause for concern. Day or night, light or dark, sunny or stormy; You are there through it all. I am wise to stay under Your shelter, to accept your protection. Sometimes I ignore Your protection or reject it, thinking I am capable of keeping myself safe. I am so thankful that You never scold or criticize me when I call out to You from a dangerous or sinful place. You gently pick me up and tenderly care for me. And I realize You were protecting me the whole time — even when I tried to push You away. I find far more life wrapped in You.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7-8, NIV)
It is comforting to know that You know everything about my life. My past. My present. My future. My sin as well as my righteousness. My best moments and my worst. Wherever I am, You are there. You will always be there with me and for me. Not just for this lifetime, but for eternity. Right now we have a long distance relationship. I see You with my heart. I see Your work; what You promised in Your love letter to me is coming true. I see evidence of Your provision and care. But I look forward to the day I will see You with my eyes. I look foward to being wrapped in Your arms. I look forward to hearing You say out loud, “Well done, my daughter, whom I love. Come share my happiness”. Living with You — on Earth today and all the days of eternity in Heaven — is far more life.
I offer this prayer in the name of Jesus, Your Son, My Savior,
Offer up your own prayer. Use this psalm or another Scripture passage as a conversation starter. Bring God’s Word to life by telling how you have seen His truth in action. Remind yourself of His promises and character. Anticipate your future together. Wrapping yourself in Him is wrapping yourself in far more life.
Copyright 2020, Shari Damaso