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Pastor Sally’s Devotional 2/4

| February 4, 2021

Dear friends,


I found myself remembering and reciting Psalm 121 today.  It was my grandmother’s favorite psalm.  It has been a favorite of mine for many years now.  As I was reciting it alone in my kitchen I was suddenly struck by how many times the word keep or keeper appears in the psalm.  You can count them below.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will 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.
He who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

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


I count six incidence of the word keep or keeper over eight verses.  The last three “keeps” appear in the last two verses!  I think the psalmist is trying to make a point here.  The Lord is our keeper.  The Lord protects us, watches over us and holds our lives.


I began this recitation because I was looking for the Lord’s help in a difficult moment, and I was reminded in the psalm that the Lord is much more than a helper.  The Lord gives me every breath.  The Lord holds my life!


Just thought I’d share.


Pr. Sally

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