I Lift Up My Eyes

The Psalms have been of great help to me in recent months. They’ve given me language for prayer as well as words of comfort. I’ve been using the method of taking the day’s date and adding 3o to that number and doing so until I pray through five Psalms. In that way you can pray through the whole book of Psalms (what we call the Psalter) in a month. For example, on the 2nd day of the month I try to pray through Psalms 2, 32, 62, 92, and 122.

Today I came to one of my favorites, Psalm 121. Verses 1 -4 say, “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (ESV)

On the week we remember the life, death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus this Psalm gives us another reason to rejoice in that resurrection. Our Savior reigns. Our Savior lives. Of course, he never slumbers or sleeps! He’s always ministering to us and for us. He never tires of the job and even rejoices in it!

The resurrection means that Jesus lives NOW. Jesus is right now our advocate, our mediator. He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him because he continues, he lives, forever (Hebrews 7:24-25).

A risen Jesus is a comforting, powerful thing to consider. As we gather to consider His suffering on Thursday at our Maundy Thursday service and then remember again His resurrection on Easter morning, may we be filled with fresh hope in a Savior who is never asleep.