At the beginning of every journey, it is good to pause a moment and remember that there is Someone who walks with us on our way, who can protect and provide for us.
Psalm 121 is a song for travelers that helps us remember. It is part of a group of psalms known as “Psalms of Ascent.” (Psalms 120-134) As the people traveled to the Temple they sang these songs. Picture a traveler with his bags packed, ready to head out of the city gate to Jerusalem. It’s one of those goodbye scenes. The priest is there, and so are the members of his family and his community. They have come to see him off, to wish him well on his journey. Then the time has come for him to depart.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip– he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you– the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Life itself is a journey, and we all are travelers. On May 29, Amanda and I step beyond our normal path to experience places in Kenya and Tanzania. If you are reading this, you have entered our journey. Come with us as we open ourselves to what God can do in and through us these next weeks.
Thank you, God, for this new day. We place our lives in your hands. Guide us and protect us along the way. We await the wonders of what’s ahead as we seek to serve you each step of the way. Amen.