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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PSALM 121:8: “THE LORD WILL KEEP YOUR GOING OUT AND YOUR COMING IN…”

We’ve arrived at our psalm’s last verse, “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and for evermore.” In the style of Hebrew poetic parallelism (as I discussed with verse 3), verse 8 … Continue reading

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