Psalm 121

Posted on 05/28/2006 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Good morning, and thank you for coming to worship together with us today! I'm sure some of you have Memorial Day activities to prepare for, so I won't be long-winded today!

Let's all stand up together and get ready to praise God in song. Each of you can click-touch the pulpit for a notecard.

Lord God, thank you for giving us another day. Thank you for the sacrifices men and women have made for our freedom. And thank you for the ultimate sacrifice YOU made for our eternal freedom!

Speak to us today through your Word, and may our songs and thoughts be a sweet-smelling incense to you, as we seek to bless you Lord.

And it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen!


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WE BRING THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE

We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord
We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord
And we offer up to You the sacrifices of thanksgiving
And we offer up to You the sacrifices of joy



THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you over evil a victory win?
There's wonderful power in the blood.

There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary's tide;
There's wonderful power in the blood.

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Sin stains are lost in its life giving flow.
There's wonderful power in the blood.

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There's wonderful power in the blood.





Let's stay in an attitude of worship as we open the Word together.

You may be seated.

Our text today is from Psalm chapter 121. Let's read it together.


I lift up my eyes to the hills-
 &nbps;  where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,
 &nbps;  the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip-
 &nbps;  he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel
 &nbps;  will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you-
 &nbps;  the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day,
 &nbps;  nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm-
 &nbps;  he will watch over your life;

the LORD will watch over your coming and going
 &nbps;  both now and forevermore.

(Psalm 121)


First the psalmist paints a picture of a person in need looking to the hills, asking himself, "Where does my help come from?"

And the answer is simple yet true: "My help come from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth."

The hills and the mountains are tall and majestic, and they are why the valleys seem so deep. The oceans are daunting, and have swallowed large, strong vessels whole, and we cannot imagine the depths thereof.

The skies are high, and beyond them lies a universe in which we are a tiny invisible speck.

And yet all of this is so much less than the One who created it.

Who made the mountains and the hills? Who made the oceans and the seas? Who made the vast, uncharted universe?

He is the same one who made you, who knit you together in your mother's womb. He is the same one who knows your every thought, your every feeling, your every fear, your every trouble, your every dream and desire.

And he is the same one who willingly clothed himself in flesh, so that he could suffer unspeakable torture and then die.

And all of this was so he could have a deep, personal, intimate love relationship with YOU.

Let's read on a little more...

"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."

Isn't it amazing to think that not only is God aware of everything at all times, he never sleeps. He does not doze off in the middle of the night. And when you have nightmares, he sees them. When you toss and turn, longing for someone to hold you, he feels your heartache and pain.

But he wants you to know today, that he is with you. He is watching over you. You may not know in this lifetime how many things he has saved you from, and how much good he has brought to you. Most of all, he is guarding over your soul, and he is the one who brought you here today to hear him speak to you.

"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."

No matter how things appear, no matter what harm we think is befalling us, the Lord is watching over us. And as we abide in his shadow, walking in his Spirit, and depending upon him, we can know that no real harm can come to us.

Our bodies will grow old. We may at times become ill. We may have tradgedies strike, accidents or attacks may change our lives, but we can know that as we hold on to Jesus, the real me, the real you, will be safe and secure, awaiting eternity with Him.

"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."



Let's read this passage one more time, but let's take our time. Meditate upon each line. And let the Lord speak to you, and sing over you, and hold you in his arms today.

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Anyone here on the ministry team can come to the front. And those of you who do not yet know Jesus, I believe you know what to do, for the same God who spoke and the universe came into being, is speaking to you right now.

Come to the front to receive ministry or prayer, or just to kneel in a private time between you and God.

In a few minutes we will meet next door for our time of fellowship. In the meanwhile, come to the altar and let's touch heaven together.