Daily Advent Devotion Friday, December 6

Friday, December 6, 2013 – Psalm 121; Amos 5:1-17; Jude 1-16 and Matthew 22:1-14

Psalm 121 – I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

Since coming to Forsyth as pastor, I have read this Psalm at every funeral service or graveside service that I’ve done. I share it because we live in the midst of hills, beautiful hills. I share it as a word of comfort to the people gathered.

Scholars point out that those who first heard this Psalm, heard it differently.

I lift up my eyes to the hills— (hills where my enemies do hide; hills from which my enemy can attack.)
from where will my help come?
(who will protect me/us?)
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

The people back then and we God’s people of today trust God who is our help in all times of trouble. It is he who protects us and watches over us. May we put our trust in God.

Hear now the whole of Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will 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.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at 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 on and forevermore.

During this season of Advent, something I’m going to hold on to is the fact that it is God who will keep my life. It is God who will keep my going out and my coming in.

Thanks be to God, the God of our salvation. Amen.

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