March 19, 2011 § 1 Comment
Psalm 121 knows that the journey itself is just as important as the destination. Journeying was a big part of ancient life. As a result, ancient people had a very good understanding of the complexities (such as the availability of water) and risks (such as the danger of bandits) involved on the road. Psalm 121 would have been used by pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem to remind them that God protects his people on the road. Everything, from the minor incidents of a foot slipping (121:3) to more harmful possibilities (121:6) are covered by God’s protection. In fact, God watches over our entire life (121:7) both now and forever (121:8). No wonder that Psalm 121 always played a prominent role in the worship life of the Christian church. The reference to God as “the Maker of heaven and earth” (121:2) is used in the Apostles’ Creed while other parts of the Psalm have appeared in either baptismal liturgies or funerary services. It still represents the Christian way of saying to each other “safe travels” on the journey we call life!