I Lift My Eyes Up by Brian Doekson

         This week we have looked at wisdom literature found in Psalms and Proverbs, written by King David and his son King Solomon.  It is not narrative but a form of poetry.  They give words to some of our deepest griefs, angers, and anguish as well as put words of praise to joy and worship and gratitude.  Solace, comfort and wisdom are found.  The history of Israel in the wilderness is summarized in verse.  A father reaches out to teach his son.  So very much is contained in these books.

         In eighth grade I could choose between memorizing Psalm 23 or Psalm 121 and reciting it before the class.  I chose Psalm 121

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 love the image of God who never slumbers nor sleeps as he watches over us.  My husband to be considered it our dating psalm as it assured him that God was watching our “going out.”  This week I was delighted to find the psalm put to music with additional art scenes appearing in the background.  May it bless you.

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