PSALM 121#A blessing given to someone embarking on a dangerous journey whether a soldier going on a campaign or a pilgrim returning home from the Temple. People look anxiously at the wooded hills. Will God protect them on their journey (Ps 121:1)? The speaker declares that God is not confined to a place or a time (Ps 121:2), that every step is guarded (Ps 121:3–4); night and day (Ps 121:5–6) God watches over their every movement (Ps 121:7–8).
The Lord My Guardian
1A song of ascents.
I raise my eyes toward the mountains.#The mountains: possibly Mount Zion, the site of the Temple and hence of safety, but more probably mountains as a place of dangers, causing anxiety to the psalmist.
From whence shall come my help?#a. [121:1] Jer 3:23.
2My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.#b. [121:2] Ps 124:8; 146:6.
3He will not allow your foot to slip;#c. [121:3] Ps 66:9; 91:12; 1 Sm 2:9; Prv 3:23.
or your guardian to sleep.
4Behold, the guardian of Israel
never slumbers nor sleeps.
5#The image of shade, a symbol of protection, is apt: God as shade protects from the harmful effects that ancients believed were caused by the sun and moon.The Lord is your guardian;
the Lord is your shade
at your right hand.#d. [121:5] Ps 16:8; 73:23.
6By day the sun will not strike you,
nor the moon by night.#e. [121:6] Wis 18:3; Is 25:4; 49:10.
7The Lord will guard you from all evil;
he will guard your soul.#f. [121:7] Ps 97:10.
8The Lord will guard your coming and going
both now and forever.#g. [121:8] Dt 28:6.