Friday, December 2, 2011


I woke up tired and with headache this morning but was soon refreshed when I read Psalm 121.  In my mind, I traveled back to the Dominican Republic.

In the open air chapel, the small young boy timidly stood in front of the assembly that had gathered on a cool Sunday morning.  The mission trip team joined in with the local believers to worship.  Several faith filled youth had taken their turn to share how God had worked in their life.  Now it was this little guy's turn.  He flashed a smile and was brave as he shared some scripture that obviously meant a lot to him.  With the help of an interpreter he quoted:  

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.
Where does my help come from?

He followed with a sweet melody in Spanish.  As tears streaked his cheeks, I had to wonder why this song had meant so much to him.  There was only one answer... he experienced God as this scripture proved true.  In his young life God was God to him and met him in his need.  I cried tears of joy overcome with emotions in light of his strong faith shining bright.  The Holy Spirit brought us together for a moment in time to pause our Maker, our Strength.  In that heartfelt song, love transcended all language barriers.  We praised in one voice.

I was shaking and shaken with the presence inside me.  On that day, in that song I was once again anchored to God's heart in a way I hadn't felt in a long time.  With the waves of each note, I could feel God's love wash over me.  I was lost in the tsunami of grace.  It was beautiful.

The basic truth in Psalm 121 is this:
God loves you.  God helps you.
God doesn't slip.  God doesn't sleep.
God protects.  God pursues you.

The Maker of this universe, the Creator, the Master of the Universe loves you.  He watches, helps, sustains and is faithful to you.  Be encouraged today that God pursues you.  I am.

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