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?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 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.
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