A song of ascents. I lift up my eyes to the mountains–where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip–he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1-4
Psalms 120 to 134 are songs of ascents. These psalms form a hymn book used by pilgrims going up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. Psalm 121 affirms that all true help comes the Lord, who is the Keeper of Israel. How does this psalm apply to the believer who is not of Israel? In Ephesians 3:4-6, Paul explains the Mystery of Christ: through the gospel of Christ, Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body and sharers together in the promise in Jesus Christ. God’s plan of salvation, available to all people, not just Israel, comes through gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul so succinctly states the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:2-4: By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. So when God watches over Israel, He watches over all who are heirs together with Israel through Jesus Christ. Over you, God actively watches and cares, not because of what you’ve done, but because He loves you so much.