Read | Psalm 121
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.
Respond | Ryan Pearce
These opening words remind me of a moving scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers when the battle at Helm’s Deep that was looming and Saurman’s Uruk-hai threatened destruction of the Age of Men. Gandalf says to Aragorn: “Look to my coming, at first light, on the fifth day. At dawn, look to the East.” And then Gandalf leaves Aragorn and the army of Rohan alone, wondering if they will be able to withstand.
Like Gandalf, Jesus gave us a word of hope amidst the darkness of our time before he left: “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming for you” (John 14:18). And, like Aragorn, we will see Jesus’ presence break through the darkness at dawn, if only we can hold on. Praying Psalm 121 gives us words to pray that both respect our fears and honor our hopes. God will not leave us, nor will God forsake us (Hebrews 13:8), and God is watching over you even now because, unlike Gandalf, God left himself in the Holy Spirit to be with us through the dark night as we await the morning.
Holy Spirit, we pray that you would enlighten our eyes to see you working and you would enliven our hearts to live in the life Jesus promised us to live, regardless of the circumstance.