Insecurity and God’s Help (Psalm 121)
📍 Insecurity is the “name” of Nigeria in this Century. No one seems to be safe. People lose lives, possessions, and indeed everything on an hourly basis to invading Fulani genocidal squads from all over West Africa. The Western World, the UN, EU, AU, and the leaders of this country develop blind eyes to these happenings. Who will save these innocent armless Christians from being decimated on an hourly basis?
📍Psalm 121 offers a divine solution, that is, the security and safety found in the Lord.
📍In this devotional and probably the next we shall discuss our security in the Lord, divine security, and protection.
📍Read verses 1,2. The Psalmist talks about lifting his eye upon the hills.
📍Many quote these verses without asking why the Psalmist talks about the hills/mountains, not about the happenings around him.
📍There are, at least, 3 reasons why the Psalmist talked about the hills:
▪️#1: The gods of war of the Gentiles resided on hills from where, the people believed, they would fight for them.
▪️#2: The gods of robbers dwelled in the mountains, waiting for innocent travelers to become their victims.
▪️#3: Wild animals also posed a threat to the hills.
📍Like in our country today, there was insecurity everywhere. People were sore and afraid. No one seemed safe. The Psalmist saw the gods of the hills as powerless, helpless, and useless.
📍How do you feel when you look around and see that no part of the country you call yours is secure? Do you look to the future and wonder what dangers lurk?
📍Do not panic, the Lord is your helper; He alone is able to protect you, regardless of what lies ahead. The army, Police, friends, and relatives can offer limited or no assistance, but God knows everything and has all the power necessary to rescue us.
📍 He will not allow our foot to slip (v. 3). The expression … not allow your foot to slip, as used here signifies that in the midst of this severe insecurity God will not allow us to sin. Sinning in an insecure environment can take various forms ranging from thoughts to actions. But, depending on the Lord and on the enablement of the Holy Spirit; the Word lights our path so we do not slip.
📍Sometimes, we choose to sin. Almighty God could stop us from disobeying, but He does not interfere with our free will. Instead, He upholds us, and enables us to walk in His way.
📍Verses 1 – 3 focus on the Lord´s ability to protect us in treacherous times as we are in today. Whether the trouble originates from others, external circumstances, or our own sin, we can find ourselves in danger and afraid. Gratefully, we have a loving Father who leads us to safety. His protection remains solid on our side.
Shalom and Maranatha!
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.