Reading: Psalm 121
Today’s Psalm is one of my favorites. To me it speaks of the encompassing nature of God. In the opening lines we are reminded that God is the creator of all. When I look up to or venture out into the Black Hills, I can see God’s fingerprints all over the place. One does not have to live near the hills, however, to ‘see’ God’s hand. One can look up to the stars, one can gaze out across the ocean, or one can even look at the beauty and intricacy of a flower or spider’s web. And one can even ‘see’ God’s hand in the voice of the songbird or in the giggle of a small child.
The balance of the Psalm speaks to the ways in which the God who created all we know and see also pays attention to you and I. God watches over where we tread and where we sleep. God protects us from the harmful rays of the sun and moon. God watches over us and keeps us from all harm – both now and forevermore. His love and care for all of us is all-encompassing .
While God loves each and every one of us equally, we do not all know God’s love in the same way. There are many who struggle through life trying to “do” life on their own. There are even some regular church attenders who do not know how much God loves and cares for them. To truly know just how all-encompassing God’s love and care is, one must know God in deep and meaningful ways. To know God in this way requires a disciplined and obedient practice of the daily habits and exercises of the faith. One cannot run to God only in the crisis.
To truly walk daily under the watch of the Lord, the Word had to be at our center. Each day we must read and meditate on the Scriptures. Each day we must spend time talking with God, both thanking God for our blessings and bringing Him our petitions as well. In these ways we connect our heart to God. And each day we must practice what God reveals to us in our time with the Bible and in our time talking with God. We must love our neighbors, turn the other cheek, care for those in need, and lift one another in prayer. The closer our daily walk is to God, the closer He walks with us. May it be so this day and forevermore!