What do you do when worry overtakes you? Where do you turn? The author of Psalm 121 knew the answer. He lifted His eyes towards Heaven and knew His help came from the Lord (Psalm 121:1-2). We must never forget this truth when the troubles of life threaten to overwhelm us. The very One who made all of Heaven and the earth is an ever-present help in our times of need and distress (Psalm 46:1-3).
God never leaves or abandons us (Deuteronomy 31:6). If God is for us, no person or circumstance can stand against us (Romans 8:31-32). Jesus defeated death itself on our behalf (2 Timothy 1:10; John 11:25; Hebrews 2:14-15; Revelation 1:17-18). There is no longer a reason to fear anything. It’s difficult to feel overwhelmed when you are fearless!
The Psalmist goes on to tell us God will not let us stumble. He is always aware of what is going on in our life. He doesn’t sleep, lose focus, or take a break. His eyes are always on every sparrow (Matthew 10:29-31). How much more so do you think they will be on you? He is watching, always ready to be our help when we need Him. The key, of course, is we need to ask Him for help. If we try to traverse this life on our own, we will fail. Jesus will not allow us to fail. We are His children, and He will accomplish the work He intends to do through us (Philippians 1:6).
The Lord is our protector (Psalm 121:5). He goes before us into battle (Deuteronomy 31:8), and He cannot be defeated. As long as we are putting our trust in Him, walking in His power rather than our strength, we will be victorious. When we are weary, He will give us rest (Matthew 11:28-30). He is our shelter (Psalm 121:5), our fortress in the storm (Psalm 18:2). When the battle rages around us, we always have a spiritual fortress to where we can retreat. We are safe in Christ, unable to be harmed by the enemy.
As we discussed in “The Omniscience of God”, He knows when we get up and when we lie down (Psalm 121:8). He watches over us as we sleep and is there when we wake. Jesus is never far. He sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24; John 15:13). The Lord is for us, whom shall we fear (Psalm 27:1)?
When life gets to be too much, read Psalm 121 again. Understand God is our help, always there, and always acting on our behalf. He is our protector and our shelter. No matter how bad things get, He is with us, watching over us, preparing us for the day we will see Him face to face. Then we will finally have rest and peace. Then we will understand the pain was more than worth it. The light afflictions of this world are nothing compared to the eternal glory of our Lord and Savior (2 Corinthians 4:17). When you get down, remember Jesus is there. He sees you. He is for you. What an honor, what a blessing, what a comfort! Our help comes from the Lord (Psalm 121:2). What can man do to us (Hebrews 13:6)?