Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read Psalm 121
One of the Hebrew names for God was El Shaddai. One of the translations of El Shaddai is “God of the Mountains,” and that is why I believe the Psalm begins with the Psalmist lifting his eyes to the mountain or lifting his eyes to God. When we lift up our eyes to God and focus our attention upward it helps to take the focus off our present world and the temporal. Instead, hopefully we are able to focus on the eternal and maybe even gain a bit of God’s perspective. In the current situation it is helpful to focus on God and not the present circumstances and to know that God will help us and watch over us.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
Some people say they feel closer to God in the mountains; do you? Why do you suppose that people feel closer to God in the mountains?
What percentage of the time do you have a temporal perspective and what percentage of time do you have an eternal perspective? Do you need to change that balance? If so, how can you go about doing that?
The passage promises us that God will be our help. How does that give you comfort right now? How has God been your help in the past? How do you want God to be your help in the present?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
El Shaddai, you are the God who has made heaven and earth and you have set everything in its place. Lord you watch over me even when I cannot sense it. Gracious Heavenly Father, watch over my coming and my going; be my help now and forevermore.