Study Guide – Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

David wrote this psalm. Taking his experience as a shepherd and also as a warrior into consideration, what do you think was his meaning behind the phrase "I lift up my eyes to the mountains"?

Why is it important in this particular psalm that David defines the Lord as "the Maker of heaven and earth"?

3 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

What time of the day is God available?

Describe the faith that you see in David in verses 3-4? If you measured yourself against this kind of faith, how would your faith rate?

5 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

Using verses 5-6, describe the intimacy of God's overview of your life:

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore. NIV

Looking back at this whole psalm, what circumstance do you think David might be in? In other words, what is prompting David to pray this psalm?

::::: Application Challenge :::::

How might stating the words of this psalm out loud deepen the conviction of these words? If you feel led, go ahead and read this psalm out loud.

Compare this psalm to Romans 8:31-39. Pray to the Lord about any reassurance you need about God's presence and protection in your life today.

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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