1I lift my eyes to the hills—from where does my help come? 2It comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3God will not let your foot slip, and God who watches over you will not slumber. 4Indeed, God who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6the Sun will not harm you by day, nor the Moon by night. 7The Lord will keep you from all harm—God will watch over your life; 8The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and evermore.
We all know that life has its “ups” and “downs”, but where do we go for help during those “down” times? A self-help guide? A confidant? Social media? The gym? An electronic game? The refrigerator? Admittedly, these can get us “back on track” (some much more than others!); but, as the psalm points out, none have the staying power that God’s grace offers when we avail ourselves of it. No person, process or machine can watch over and protect us like God does, with perfect and unceasing love and mercy. The closing words of Matthew’s gospel echo this as Jesus says to the disciples, “And surely I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:20b).
So when times are difficult, when we are “sick, sad or lonely” as we pray each Sunday with our youth, let us call upon Jesus to be present with us and refocus our negative feelings into positive ones. Express this healing joy with praises to His name. Let’s tell our friends about how that love and protection felt and how much more powerful it is than the assistance the worldly “stuff” gives. Our weekly “Minute for Mission” time in the Order of Worship is not just for announcements— think of how powerful it would be if even one or two people gave a testimony about how the Lord of that Psalm affected our lives in specific situations!
Thank you for the words of Scripture that guide us into a closer relationship with you. May they provide the inspiration and motivation for us to willingly accept the Grace, Mercy and Protection that enables us to center our lives around you.