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I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I need someone to watch over me,  guard me, “keep” me…. I used to look to my beloved parents to do that for me…. and they did – unselfishly for many, many years.  They have now since gone on to be with the Lord.   As a Christian, though, I must believe that when I feel frantic, scared, or helpless, there is someone watching out for me – “keeping me” and protecting me – and that’s the Lord!

 

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Psalm 121 states:

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;

From whence shall my help come?

My help comes from the Lord;

Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to slip;

He who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;

The Lord is your shade on your right hand.

The sun will not smite you by day,

Nor the moon by night.

The Lord will protect you from all evil;

He will keep your soul.

The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in,

From this time forth and forever.”

(Psalm 121:1-8; NAS)

 

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Look at the many times the words “help”, “keep” and “guard” are mentioned in this Psalm.  Do we think the Lord means it?  I do – for sure.

Some synonyms for “help” are to “make easier”, “assist” or “improve”.  God does that for us!!

The word “keep” has the meaning of “to hold for a period of time,” “to maintain,” i.e. like a promise, “to keep watch.”

Other meanings for the word “guard” means to “watch over”; “to keep from harm or danger”, or “protect.”

 

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I know that without a doubt that I need God’s protection every moment of the day, and I have a promise from His Word that He keeps us, watches over us, and protects us.  And, I know that He does this for my family, too!

I am praying for this Psalm to be real in your life also – and praying for God’s protection over you and your family.   

May many, may blessings be upon you and yours!

~Clare

 

Author
Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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25 Comments

  • May many blessings be stored upon you. Thank you for the lovely inspiration.

  • Karen Patten says:

    It is always comforting to know that somebody is watching over us. Many blessings for your family too and thank you for sharing!

  • Rhiannon says:

    This was a great promise I needed to hear today. Life gets hard with what my family does and sometimes I want to be “normal”, but knowing God is my help makes me stronger. Thank you for this!

  • Bette Childress says:

    Thanks Clare – Amen!!!

  • Pam says:

    I know if it weren’t for my faith and the Lord watching over me there would be no hope for tomorrow. I need His protection and guidance in everything I do! Bless you and your family Clare!

    • Clare says:

      Yes, we do thankfully have our hope in the Lord! We do need his protection and guidance and thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments! Blessings to you and yours, too! 🙂

  • andi says:

    He is our strength – He is our hope – things that can only be found in God

  • In a day so darkened by what’s politically correct instead of what’s right, your column is a breath of fresh air.

  • Amy says:

    Oh this is particularly comforting as our church is going through an uncertain time right now. So glad I stopped by to read today!

  • Clare says:

    Thanks Amy – so glad you are comforted and thanks for stopping in!

  • Lisa Morris says:

    Love these verses! Our Help does come from the LORD! Praise Him! Thanks for sharing the word and giving glory to God that He deserves!

  • Keishawna says:

    What a beautiful psalm! I need to memorize this one. It’s so comforting to know that He does not slumber and is always watching! Thank you for this much needed reminder!

    • Clare says:

      I love this psalm, too! Thank goodness He is always watching us, right? Glad you liked the post and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it. The definitions help the message sink in.

  • katie says:

    Whenever I am having a rough day, I always remember that God is walking right besides me, just like a friend. That really helps!

    ​​xx katie // A Touch of Teal

  • Farrah says:

    I definitely feel that way sometimes too, particularly when I’m worried about my family or having a lot of difficulty making a huge life decision. Praying definitely helps me, and thanks so much for sharing that psalm! <3

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