Scripture: Psalm 121
Reflection: It is said that when the people of God went on a journey, they went singing. There was a beat, a rhythm, to their walking together, so that as they went, they were able to remember who they were. Far from home and on unfamiliar terrain, God’s promises remained the same.
Psalm 121 is a journeying song with a steady, comforting beat: Keep. Keep. Keep. Six times in ten verses, the song reminds the people that God keeps watch over them – God protects and cares for them. God stays awake to watch over them. Like a leafy canopy, God shields them from the scorch of the sun. God watches over their (collective) life. As they come and go, God tends to them.
As you read the psalm, notice how the promise comes again and again. With every footstep, a reminder of the One who goes with them. With every reminder, the courage to take another step. The promise sets the pace. Keep. Keep. Keep.
The promise is as sure for the people of God today as it was in the psalmist’s day. As we accompany each other on life’s journey, we are to remind each other of who we are: people who walk by faith, and not by sight, trusting the one who keeps watch over each one of us. Sometimes, we are the ones who sing this promise with loud conviction. Other times, we trust the community around us to raise the theme on our behalf. Always, it is the promise that binds us to one another in love.
Prayer: O God, you promise again and again to keep watch over your people. Help us to remind one another of this good news as we seek to follow you. Amen.
Author: Anna Dickson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].