Scripture: Psalm 121
Key verse: (2) “My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
Reflection: At the start of nearly every funeral I officiate, I begin with the first two verses of today’s psalm. It is a great reminder that God is present even in the midst of pain and grief. This psalm assures us of God’s protection, especially when we wonder where God has gone. The LORD is described as a keeper which means the LORD preserves and protects. The psalmist lists the kinds of things the LORD protects us from: tripping and falling, the burning sun, the bright light of the moon, and evil. The LORD protects our comings and goings throughout life. There is nothing that escapes the LORD’s keeping. And yet, we all know there are times when we stumble and fall, burnt up by our own mistakes and sinfulness. Sometimes, everything goes wrong – the disease can’t be cured; the troubled child won’t return home; the job disappears; the money runs out. These are times when the psalms remind us that our help comes from the LORD – the source of all life and the creator of the heavens and the earth. We are fragile and our lives are imperfect, but in life and in death we belong to the LORD who is always with us.
Prayer: Loving God, remind us that you are the one who preserves and protects us. Even when the storms of life rage around us, you have promised to be here, giving us the strength to endure. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[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].