He never Slumbers.
Psalm 121:1-2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”
As Christians where should we look for help? There is only One who can really help us.
And our testimony should be: “my help comes from the Lord…”
He is the creator and sustainer of heaven and earth.
He rules and overrules in the affairs of men, whether they acknowledge Him or not, for He is God, and there is none else.
Isaiah 45:22-23 “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”
Isaiah 50:7 “For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.”
And how does He help us? By a guidance in the Holy Spirit, which keeps us from “being taken” in the devil’s traps. And gives us courage to follow Him.
And if we are tripped up; He keeps us from being “utterly cast down”.
Psalm 121:3-5a “He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper:…”
He, who numbers the hairs of our head, will watch the steps that we take.
The illustration here, is as children are watched by their parents; ever ready to intervene if needed.
And as sheep are watched by their Shepherd to protect, as well as guide into right paths.
He is called the Keeper of Israel…He guides and preserves those that are His.
(It also suggests that He fights for us: as David did against the lion and the bear. [1 Samuel 17:34-36])
Proverbs 3:23, 26 “Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
Psalm 37:23-24 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand.”
God neither sleeps nor slumbers.
He neither sleeps at night….so we can.
Nor slumbers during the day….when it is time to work, He is right there to help us.
The Keeper of Israel is a covenant Name of God. When He looks at us, He sees us in Christ, covered by His blood and righteous, in Him.
His eye is ever toward the righteous.
Psalm 33:18 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy;”
Psalm 121:7-8 “The Lord shall preserve thee from evil: He shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”
Three times in these two verses, it says: preserve. Preserve means to hedge about with thorns, so nothing can come in, to harm.
He shall preserve from all evil. From sin, the world, and the devil. (“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation…” 2 Peter 2:9)
He shall preserve thy soul. With all its emotions, thoughts, and actions; He shall keep us by His Spirit. (1 Peter 1:5 “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to revealed in the last time.”)
He shall preserve thy going out and coming in. Our every day life is here spoken of.
We go out of our prayer times to face the world and all that comes to us;…..
…..and we come in to seek Him for strengthening fellowship and love.
(John 10:9 “I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”)
The Lord our Keeper shall preserve “thee”. It is always personal.
He shall preserve you. He shall preserve me.
Praise Him for all His wonderful works.