Songs for the Road: The Psalms of Ascent

Day 2: Trust in God as Our Protector

Scripture Reading: Psalm 121

The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. As Eugene Peterson said, we are pilgrims, but we are also disciples—always moving and always learning. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. In this 3-week reading plan, we are digging into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.

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Psalm 121 (CSB)
THE LORD OUR PROTECTOR
A song of ascents.

1 I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not allow your foot to slip;
your Protector will not slumber.
4 Indeed, the Protector of Israel
does not slumber or sleep.

5 The LORD protects you;
the LORD is a shelter right by your side.
6 The sun will not strike you by day
or the moon by night.

7 The LORD will protect you from all harm;
he will protect your life.
8 The LORD will protect your coming and going
both now and forever.

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A Song of Providence
This is a song for the anxious and afraid. When all the voices of fear and accusation come rushing in, the pilgrim-disciple remembers that his help comes from the One who governs heaven and earth.

Our Helper is also our Keeper. The One who watches over us does not sleep. The One who guards our souls cannot be moved. The God who paints the fields with wildflowers and tends to the sparrows is the same God who cares for us.

Reflect
1. Where do you feel you need God’s help most right now? What are you thinking about as you read this song?

2. Is it easy or difficult for you to accept that God is able to help you? Why?

3. Which statements in this psalm encourage you most? Why? In what ways has God already shown that He has done everything described in this psalm?