Favourite Psalms – Psalm 121: The Travellers Psalm

Rev. Dave Middlebrook

12th February, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 121; Matthew 28.16-20 |


For me Psalm 121 came alive for me when I visited Chad, Africa, with the Leprosy Mission in July 1995. Having experienced poverty, sickness, soldiers, and extreme temperatures, early one morning a group of us climbed a hill and looked out across the area. The words: "I lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth ..." that morning took of a fresh significance. Psalm 121 has spoken to me many times since. Originally written for those travelling the dangerous road from Jericho to Jerusalem on pilgrimage, it is known as the Travellers Psalm. It speaks of travelling with God and to God. Of God accompanying us on the road. It does not mean we won't have hardship and heartache, but it does say that God will accompany us, as Jesus promised in Matthew 28, to the very end of the age. In our journey are our eyes downcast loving at the issues and challenges we face, or even focused on the mundaneness of life too much, or do we we lift our eyes up, up, to see God, our keeper, our shade, at our right hand, and see our eternal destination with Him?

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