FOUNDATION (Psalm 121)



The 121st Psalm is the second in a series of 15 Psalms of Ascent and is often subtitled “The Guardian of Israel.”  It is a psalm sung by pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem for the required feasts:

Psalm 121

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—


The environs where shepherds encountered angels two millennia ago. By Lux Moundi (rainbow) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

From whence comes my help?

My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.

The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.


As pilgrims passed through the beauty of the Judean highlands, the hills were a visible reminder that the Guardian of Israel was none other than the Creator of heaven and earth. Written in dialogue style, the second person assures, “Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”  Despite ongoing attempts, Israel can never be destroyed because the ever-vigilant God of creation protects His Chosen People.

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture taken from the NKJV.