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Psalm 121 - Lift Your Eyes

Lift your eyes to the one who stood trial so you could have freedom.

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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 52

Q. How does Christ’s return

“to judge the living and the dead”

comfort you?

A. In all my distress and persecution

I turn my eyes to the heavens

and confidently await as judge the very One

who has already stood trial

in my place before God

and so has removed the whole curse from me.

All his enemies and mine

he will condemn to everlasting punishment:

but me and all his chosen ones

he will take along with him

into the joy and the glory of heaven.



Psalm 121 is a Song of Ascent - one of the psalms that Jewish people traveling to Jerusalem would sing as they walked uphill towards the city with God's temple. As they lifted their eyes toward their destination up in the hills while singing this song, it turned their thoughts away from the fatigue of their journey and toward the one who would not let their foot slip and was keeping them from all harm: the maker of heaven and earth.

They sang of the God who stayed awake, watching over His children throughout the long nights as they slept. That same God shaded them during the heat of the day.

This same God who watched over His faithful covenant people thousands of years ago as they ascended His holy mountain to worship continues to watch over your life, both now and forever more.

Dig Deeper

This Psalm is a beautiful reminder of God's care and providence in any context, but especially so as we come to it as we're being reminded that Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. It might often seem that even though God has promised to watch over you and guard you, that the mountain that stands between you and Him is too steep to climb.

Notice in our catechism passage today that the coming judgment of Christ is not presented in a way that magnifies His mighty vengeance on all of His enemies, but rather the focus is on the fact that Christ descended the mountain so that in Him you could ascend the unclimbable mountain into God's presence. The curse of the coming judgment has been removed you and you have no reason to fear its coming.

Yet you will continue to endure "distress and persecution" until Christ returns or calls you home. The path will seem slippery and the sun will bear down during the day and the nights will be long. In all this, add Psalm 121 to the soundtrack of your life. Like the Israelites of long ago, keep your eyes looking up to the heavens, knowing your help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth who sent His Son down to earth that you might be lifted up to Him.

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: I lift my eyes unto the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Thank God you have been delivered from judgment and pray that He will continue to watch over your life.



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