March 7th, 2021
Title - “The Real Source of Safety" Psalm 121: 1-8
The big idea—God is our source of safety in our journey and in our destination. We are called to learn, teach, and share that we must have the assurance that God is able and willing to deliver us from all of our enemies, here and there, internally and externally. Psalm 121 is a song for all those who wish to embark on a journey to a sacred place, a place of worship and transformation. It’s for those who want to remember that it’s not only about reaching the destination, but acknowledging that there is also joy in the journey.
"I look up to the mountains" is a wonderful statement which makes us aware that the traveler knew that they were still far from their destination. The envoy was still far away from the Holy Place, the Promised Land, and there were still many dangers; yet, they were confident in God's protective care. God had the ability and willingness to watch over them on the journey. The Psalmist is reminding us that God is just as present in the journey as in the destination.
"My help comes from the Lord," The traveler continues to look forward with eagerness to the time of arrival. There was much expectation toward what would happen upon arrival to the Holy Place, the Promised Land; however, the traveler's faith isn't in the place or what they will find. The traveler is enjoying the journey with God.
"He will not let you stumble." God helps His people by establishing them in a firm place, allowing them to stand, and not allowing their feet to be moved. These are some of the reassurances for Christians to stand firm...
We stand in grace (Romans 5:2).
We stand in the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1).
We stand in courage and strength (1 Corinthians 16:13).
We stand in faith (2 Corinthians 1:24).
We stand in Christian liberty (Galatians 5:1).
We stand in Christian unity (Philippians 1:27).
We stand in the Lord (Philippians 4:1).
The goal is to stand perfect and complete in the will of God (Colossians 4:12).