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May 1, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: 1 Chronicles 3-5
Audio: 1 Chronicles 3-5

Psalm 121 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents.

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.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. The Lord is My Keeper

    Six times in these eight short verses in today's chapter, the Lord is referred to as one who "keeps" – with one of the times stating, "the Lord is your keeper" (Psalm 121:5). 

    The word "keep" in its various forms appears 450 times in the ESV. That is a significant number since the word "love" appears 652 times!

    The first time "keep" appears in Scripture is Genesis 2:15, which says, "The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it."

    The next time it is used is God's instruction to Noah in Genesis 6:19, "And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female."

    In the book of Numbers, at the end of Israel's time wandering in the wilderness, and preparing to enter the Promised Land, the Lord said to Moses in what is perhaps the most famous blessing in all the Bible, "Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, 24 The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace" (Numbers 6:23-26).

    In an article by David King for Ligonier Ministries regarding the "Aaronic Blessing" he writes, "To bless is to keep; the radiance of the Lord’s face indicates His gracious will for us, and the lifting up of His countenance is the sign and pledge of His peace toward us. God’s covenant people are the bull’s-eye, as it were, of His targeted kindness and love."

    The Lord as our "keeper" refers to Him as our protector and guard. That should certainly bring us much comfort – in particular to our salvation!

    Romans 8:35-39 says, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

    'For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
        we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.'

    37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    Jesus brings believers even more comfort when He said in John 10:28, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

    These verses are a beautiful expression of God's desire and ability to keep us.  

    Another verse that comes to mind is Philippians 1:6, "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."

    Even though the psalmist wrote Psalm 121 long before Christ and the New Testament writings, the Holy Spirit brought to his mind God's covenant relationship to His people and the promises of that covenant to His people.

    May the Doxology found in Jude 24-25 be ours today and every day:

    "Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time[a] and now and forever. Amen."

    Friend, is the Lord your keeper?

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "You Knit Us Together" by Matthew Henry

    "You alone are the Lord. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host. You made the earth, and all things that are in it. You made the sea, and all that is in it—and you preserve them all.

    A sparrow does not fall to the ground without you knowing. You made man at first from the dust of the ground, and breathed into him the breath of life, so that he became a living soul. And you have made of one blood all nations of people to dwell on the earth. You have determined the boundaries of our lives.

    You, O God, made us, and not we ourselves. So we are not our own, but yours. We are your people, and the sheep of your pasture. Therefore we worship, fall down, and kneel before the Lord our Maker. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. "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."

    Amen! This is what I try to remember all day, every day, whenever I begin to lose my peace…to pray, to ask God for His help, to provide all I need for whatever I am going through. 

    This morning I woke up so tired, and feeling depressed and "empty." But after reading this psalm, I am reminded that God is with me, that He is my refuge (my shelter), and that He loves and keeps (guards, protects) me.

    David had many days like this. 

    As long as I don't allow my mood or emotions to cause me to sin against God or others, it is okay to feel down. I will glorify God today by staying close to Him, praying, worshiping Him, and relying on Him for all my needs. 

    1. I guess me swinging my phone in the air while spinning to the Nutcracker theme to wake you up at 6 am didn’t help?

      You didn’t get up and dance like you did yesterday morning to K.C. and the Sunshine Band so maybe you’re tired too. 🙂

      These have certainly been unusual and challenging times for many. I am praying for you and for all of us to keep lifting our “eyes to the hills!”

      1. Haha! I have loved the morning dance parties! But yes, that was a difficult morning for me. Thank you for your prayers, my love! The Lord was so good to me.

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