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June 30 - Psalm of Ascent: Trusting Our Keeper (Psalm 121)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

This Sunday we will have a churchwide fellowship at 10:00am instead of Adult Education and Sunday school. Coffee and donuts will be served in the lobby. We will have nursery during this time. 

Worship Songs

This Is Amazing Grace
The Lord Is
Come Thou Fount
We will be learning a new song this week: The Lord Is My Salvation

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Shaikh of Bangladesh.

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does 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.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

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

Summary

In Psalm 121, the author gives us an example of how to turn towards God in trust when life is hard. Similar to last week's Psalm of Lament, the psalmist instructs us by engaging with God and remembering true things about God as a step of faith. The psalmist engages God by stating his need and asking God for help as he prepares for the tri-annual trip to Jerusalem. Even in the midst of uncertainty, the psalmist turns in trust towards God, remembering that God is our protector and he is trustworthy. Each line of Psalm 121 paints a picture of a powerful God who is able to help his people. The psalmist teaches us how to interact with God and walk by faith by reminding ourselves of these truths and calling out to God for help.

Review and Apply

How does the psalmist interact with God in Psalm 121?

Why should God as the maker of heaven and earth be an encouragement to you? Can you think of any other implications of this doctrine that encourage or challenge you today?

What does the psalmist mean when he says that God is our keeper? What other contemporary illustrations of God as our keeper come to mind?

Which chunks of Scripture or images/metaphors have been most helpful for you in the past month? How have they encouraged, challenged, helped you?

If we really believe that God keeps us, even in death, how would we live differently today? How do we approach our own death? How do we approach other hard circumstances in life?