Monday of Lent 2 – March 18, 2019 – Psalm 121:8
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
Psalm 121—key verse 8—The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. This week’s psalm is a dialogue of confession and assurance. Its use as a pilgrimage song provides the key to its understanding. Whether the dialogue takes place in a single heart or between individuals in the caravan is of no great consequence since all would share the same convictions. The comforting assurance expressed is equally appropriate for the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and for the pilgrimage of life to the glory into which the faithful will be received. The psalm is composed of four couplets, each having an introductory line, which the rest of the couplet develops. Key terms are “the Lord” and “watch over” each occurring five times.
Does it matter to anyone that I'm here? Will anyone notice when I'm gone? Does anybody care if I make it home or never leave the house? These are just some questions persons have asked throughout the ages of time. The answers to these and similar quandaries are: "Yes! Yes!! and Yes!!!" The LORD, you Savior Jesus knows all about you; your comings and goings. He will watch over you, now and forevermore. This is His eternal promise spoken through these ancient words of the psalmist. The Lord will watch over your family and those for whom you care so deeply.
“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9Let your Spirit, O Lord, come into the midst of us to wash us with the pure water of repentance, and prepare us to be always a living sacrifice to You; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.