Psalm 121:3 - 4 “He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”
This is a great psalm to pray over yourself and others for protection. He watches over us. To watch over someone means an act or instance of carefully observing someone or something over a period of time. God is diligent to watch over us. It isn’t a casual glance but an intense observing over a period of time.
The first verse says I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? A hill is a place for observing and watching to give you a greater perspective of what is happening. The Lord has placed himself so that He can see all that is happening with us. I watched the play “The Lion King” from the balcony of a theatre. When there was an enactment of the animals stampeding, I could clearly see each actor and their movements forward across the stage to create the impact of such an event. The audience on the main floor saw a completely different event. They felt the panic and fear as the animals charged towards them. In the midst of our lives we can feel panicky when all hell seems to be breaking loose around us.
But if we lift our eyes to the hills to where the Lord is seated we will look into His eyes. He’s watching us. What a reassurance when you meet the eyes of someone you love at a time like this!
The term ‘watching’ is used five times in the psalm. Five is the number of the Lord’s grace, goodness and favor towards humans. How cool is that? We don’t have to earn His favor and hope that He’ll watch over us. He does it because He loves us.
Prayer: “Father, I lift up my eyes to you and receive your love and your protection in Jesus’ name. Amen.”