Prayer :: Psalm 121

2015-12-25 08.09.51I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Lord, help us to lift our eyes up to you. Let us look to you for help and strength. When we focus our eyes on ourselves or on the comforts of this world, draw us close to you. God in your mercy; Lord, hear our prayer.

 

God will not let your foot be moved; God who keeps you will not slumber. God who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

Even we grow weary, Lord, we know that you do not.  Sometimes the help you offer us is an invitation to rest. Too often we refuse the gift saying, “There is no time!” May we not forget that like the heaven and the earth, time is also your creation.

 

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

Lord, you are always with us, and all of our circumstances are under your control and authority. When the sun seems too hot or the nighttime too dark, please help us to find the shade you offer; help us to find the light with which you guide us.

 

The LORD will keep you from all evil; the Lord will keep your life.

Lord, you protect our soul and our eternity belongs to you. You were I AM before us and you will be I AM after we are no longer here. There is nowhere we can go that you are not. Help us to trust. Help us to be faithful. Helps us to truly know you.

 

The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

In the entirety of our lives and the briefness of our moments

In our living and our dying

In our joy and our sorrow

In scarcity and abundance

may we always lift our eyes to you, Lord.

 

Lord, our help and maker of heaven and earth

Lord, who does not sleep

Lord, who provides both shade and light

Lord, keeper of our life, our going out, our coming

Lord, who keeps us

we offer this prayer as well as the one that Jesus taught. We join our voices using the words most familiar to us as we pray, “Our Father…”

One response to “Prayer :: Psalm 121

  1. This Psalm is one of my favorites and continues to give comfort. Thanks, Michelle, for your words.

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