Monthly Archives: November 2012

PS. 121:1: “I LIFT UP MY EYES TO THE HILLS; FROM WHERE WILL MY HELP COME?”

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will 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 … Continue reading

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PS. 121:2: “MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD, WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.”

Verse 2 reads: “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Confidence in the Creator As I noted in the previous post, the author of Psalm 121 is on a journey.  He (we assume a “he”, but … Continue reading

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PS. 121:3: “HE WILL NOT LET YOUR FOOT BE MOVED; HE WHO KEEPS YOU WILL NOT SLUMBER.”

We continue with verse 3—-and a pronoun change. Psalm 121 can be considered in terms of structures. You could think of the psalm as a two part structure: verse 1 raises the question, and 2-8 provide the reply.  Since the … Continue reading

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PSALM 121:4: “HE WHO KEEPS ISRAEL WILL NEITHER SLUMBER NOR SLEEP.”

Verse 4 reads, “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” In the style of Hebrew poetic parallelism, verse 4 follows upon and builds upon meaning of verse 3. The Most Important Verse?  In the “about” section of this site, … Continue reading

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PSALM 121:5: “THE LORD IS YOUR KEEPER; THE LORD IS THE SHADE AT YOUR RIGHT HAND.”

My notes and thoughts about Psalm 121 continue…. Verse 5 reads, “The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is the shade at your right hand.” Trusting God  In verse 3, the psalmist promises that God keeps our steps as we … Continue reading

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PSALM 121:6: “THE SUN SHALL NOT STRIKE YOU BY DAY, NOR THE MOON BY NIGHT.”

My continuing thoughts and notes on Psalm 121….. In an earlier post, I said that Hebrew poetry uses a “parallelism” where the second statement builds upon the first or restates it in some way. Verse 6 of our psalm—“The sun … Continue reading

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PSALM 121:7: “THE LORD WILL KEEP YOU FROM ALL EVIL; HE WILL KEEP YOUR LIFE.”

Verse 7 reads: “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.” The last two verses of our psalm continue earlier promises about God’s protection for the pilgrim. These verses also form (with verse 8) a … Continue reading

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