Day 24: Psalms of Salvation

Shir Lamaalot (Psalm 121) (c) 2011 by Marlene Burns

Today’s Reading
Psalms 3, 14, 121

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
The Lord is your keeper
– Psalm 121:5

Observation
A version of the word keep is used six times in Psalm 121. It means:
1) to guard, to watch.
He who keeps you will not slumber. (v. 3-4)
God is ever vigilant.

2) to preserve, to protect.
The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. (v. 5-7)
We are safe with God. God is our defender and shield.

3) to have charge of
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. (v. 8.)
Even though we may be grown, even though our earthly parents may be gone due to death or disappointment, we have a Heavenly Parent, who wants to care for us and continues to care for us, who will never leave us orphaned.

Marlene Burns was inspired by what the Kabbalah says about Psalm 121, that this scripture should be close to a mother to protect her and her baby as they go through labor and delivery. For more explanation of today’s Psalm and artwork by the artist, click here

Application
Before studying this Psalm, the word keeper had a negative undertone for me, like a dictator or an overly strict nanny. I associated it with legalism and the abuse of power. I can now see the great tenderness and compassion of God as Keeper, power used more than responsibly, power used with the greatest amount of love.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, you are our Keeper and we are your children. You will never abandon or abuse. You watch over us in love, like a mother keeping vigil at the crib of a newborn. You climb up on a cross and place yourself between us and all evil for all time. Through your labor and blood we are born again. In your outstretched arms we are safe. In your eyes we are beloved. May every person know you and rest in you. Amen.

O God, ever wakeful, ever vigilant,
your protection and loving care are always with us.
Even in times when evil seems rampant,
in times of natural disaster,
in times of anxiety or grief,
you guard our going out and our coming in.
Through Jesus Christ we know your grace is sufficient. Amen.
– Ginger Howl, Upper Room Worshipbook

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. -Numbers 6:24-26
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You are invited to join me on a summer adventure through one of the most beloved books in the Bible, Psalms. To download the Summer in the Psalms reading plan, click here Psalms Reading Plan

As you read, you are encouraged to use the SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal, as taught at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, please click here or use the simple instructions provided in the reading plan itself.

I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you seek him this summer. – Lisa <><

PS- For more information on the scripture translation, art and the use of this devotional in other settings, please refer to the copyright information page.

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