Psalm 121
Help for today and help forever
Published February 2nd, 2022
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Psalms 121:1-8
I lift up my eyes
to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes
from the Lord,
who made heaven
and earth.
He will
not let your foot be moved;
he ... will
who keeps you
not slumber.
Behold, he ... will
who keeps Israel
neither slumber
nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade
on 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
forth and forevermore.
God, who made the world, is present to help us. He has not left us.
God, who is eternal and omnipresent (as seen in v2 and v8a), will forever keep us wherever we go.
Main Point Summary: God, who made all things, who is always present, who is eternal, and who always sees and knows all things, will answer, protect, and guide, both now and forever, those who call upon Him.
Zach G
That all makes sense. Thanks for clarifying that for me. I was phrasing a different passage the other day and the same thing came up, so it's good to know that this is an area I need to be more aware of.
Brent Karding
You're welcome!
Brent Karding
Most of your relationships are good, and your dividing and indenting as well. Just read what I wrote below about Negative phrases.
Brent Karding
Great lists in verse 2 and 8.
Brent Karding
not let your foot be moved;
This can't be a Negative phrase, and the same thing with 3e and 4c-d. Notice the definition of a Negative phrase in the cheat sheet: It enforces its anchor phrase by contrast or by restating it in a negative way. But 13a-b is really one phrase, it is one statement, not divided by a prepositional phrase, or anything like that. "Will ... let" in 13a-b is a single verb. Same thing with "will ... slumber" - that's one verb, which shouldn't be divided.
Brent Karding
Same thing in 16b and d.
Brent Karding
From where does my help come?
Very good work in verses 1-2.
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