by Ivor Powell

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Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell
Psalm 121:1

It is interesting to note that although the arrangement of the Psalms may not be chronologically correct, Psalm 121 is the perfect continuation of Psalm 120. Evidently the organizer was supervised by the Holy Spirit. Between the two sonnets there is a journey from the depths of depression to heights of ecstasy, from the oppressive limitations of a dense fog to the clear vision of magnificent expectation. Within the framework of Psalm 120, the writer mentioned distress, lying lips, deceitful tongues, sharp arrows, burning coals, hateful people, and warmongers. His soul was overwhelmed with problems, his outlook bleak, and his future threatened. Then suddenly things changed. As a thrilling hope filled his soul, David said, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help." A great resolve had gripped him, and he was determined to focus his vision upon the Lord who had been his refuge in trouble. He referred to God as his Keeper, Watchman, and the Guardian of his soul. Perhaps he was thinking about the city employees whose trained eyes watched for the approach of enemies. They were reliable men, implicitly trusted by the people. Their dedication to duty guaranteed the safety of the citizens. David compared that situation with his own soul where the Lord was a constant sentinel. The fear expressed in Psalm 120 was replaced by fellowship, and the lies of David's enemies were forgotten as he remembered the promises of God. The renewal of the king's trust in Jehovah revived his impoverished soul. Psalm 121 is one of the most reassuring of all David's sonnets.

How Safe... "The Lord is thy keeper" (Psalm 121:5)

Certain qualifications were necessary for all men who aspired to be the watchmen of any city; they were required to be vigilant, trustworthy, and courageous. If the men did not exhibit such attributes, th ...

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