Scripture: Psalm 121
By Jamie Cindrich
What are you walking through? Are you slogging through sick toddlers or your kid’s 6th grade math homework? A serious diagnosis or a nagging health issue? Are you facing life as newly divorced or single? Are you putting off dealing with a mental health issue you know you need to address? Is your heart hurting because of a broken relationship? Are you just tired of the winter cold and flu season and thinking about moving to Florida? (I am.)
It’s often said that faith is a journey, and if you think about it, our physical lives are a journey as well. We’re humans with emotions and motivations and our bodies are vulnerable – we get sick, we age, we tire, we experience seasons of immense joy and we celebrate and eat too many sweets and give ourselves other health issues. Or maybe that’s just me.
Psalm 121, “a Psalm for Sojourners,” is one of the best known and often memorized Psalms (maybe after the 23rd Psalm), and in fact, a phrase from Psalm 121 is used in the Apostle’s Creed (“maker of heaven and earth”). Verses 1 and 2 are relatable enough. On our journeys, and in our times of trouble, we look up/look to God and ask where our help might come from. Verses 3 – 6 are certainly appropriate for someone on a physical journey. But in the last verses, it seems that the real journey the psalmist is addressing is the journey of life itself.
No matter your age or what is going on in your life right now, God is not surprised or shaken. God rejoices with us in our journey and goes with us, through loneliness, through tough seasons at work, through cancer, through divorce, through sobriety, through new marriages and new babies and our happiest times as well as the hard times.
As you go through this next season in your life, remember the 121st Psalm, and use it as your prayer. Stick with me, Lord. Help me. Protect me. Keep me from evil. Notice the repetition of the word “keep.” The Lord is your keeper. God will stick with us. We can look to scripture and rest assured that God will “keep on keepin’ on” throughout our journey, whatever it is!
- How do you feel when you read a Psalm, like Psalm 121?
- What does this Psalm say about God? About us? About our relationship with God?
- How can we know and trust that God will go with us, whatever the journey?
- What happens when we put our trust in God? How does it change the way we view work, sabbath, relationships, money?
- Sometimes the Psalms are used as prayers, have there been times you didn’t know what to say in prayer?
Wesley’s Challenge Questions for the Week:
- Am I enjoying prayer?
- Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?