For the next several weeks, we’re back to the Psalms of Ascent. The next psalm is one of the best-known and well-loved psalms in the entire collection!
The first post for each song consists of my translation (typically) and a song that helps me remember the words of the Psalm.
Psalm 121–Helpful Help
The Pilgrim’s Question & Answer (vv. 1–2)
(1) I lift up my eyes to the hills –
From whence comes my help?
(2) My help comes from YHWH,
the one who made heaven and earth.
A Companion’s Prayer & Promise (v. 3–8)
(3) May he not let your foot stumble,
may he not slumber—the one watching over you.
(4) Indeed, he does not slumber.
He does not sleep—the one who watches over Israel.
(5) YHWH is the one watching over you.
YHWH is your shade at your right hand.
(6) By day, the sun will not strike you,
nor the moon by night.
(7) YHWH will keep* you from all harm.
He will watch over your life.
(8) YHWH will watch over your going out and your coming in,
from now until forever.
*Same word that’s translated “watch over” in vv. 3, 5, 7, 8
P.S. If you missed Psalm 120, the start of this collection, see here.
There are lots of songs based on Psalm 121, but few whose lyrics are Psalm 121 (with slight adjustments). This Celtic song by Jason Silver is short, sweet, and singable–and it’s catchy!