Psalm 121:1-8 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the hills.

From where does my help come?

[2] My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth.

[3] He will not let your foot be moved;

he who keeps you will not slumber.

[4] Behold, he who keeps Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

[5] The Lord is your keeper;

the Lord is your shade on your right hand.

[6] The sun shall not strike you by day,

nor the moon by night.

[7] The Lord will keep you from all evil;

he will keep your life.

[8] The Lord will keep

your going out and your coming in

from this time forth and forevermore.

Tomorrow is Sunday. It is the day that the vast majority of Christian believers all over the world set aside to meet with other believers to worship God and enjoy Christian fellowship at a level they have not experienced all week. They will meet in Cathedrals and chapels and living rooms and renovated warehouses, bars and recreation centres. Some will sing hymns over a thousand years old. Some will sing three line choruses written last week. All the various means of singing, praying, preaching, reading the Scriptures, collecting funds, engaging in conversation and focussing on God will leap into action.

Many people who don’t really know God at all will participate in all the services of worship that take place tomorrow. Many will truly be lifting their minds, hearts and voices to the God who, in Christ, has saved them from their sins and who dwells in them by the promised Holy Spirit. Millions will be at it tomorrow.

Some will whisper silent prayers, knowing that the God who is everywhere is in the secret chambers of the mind and hears even the unspoken request that comes from a redeemed heart. Some will shout their prayers almost as if God needs to be aroused to come and pay attention, but really is just an expression of the longing of the soul that cannot keep silent.

How many millions of people will be worshipping tomorrow? And they are all sure of this. True worship happens in the presence of God. God is here. Where? In the cathedral where God is pictured magnificently for all to see. At the same time He is in the cave where words are uttered softly for fear that the authorities might hear and disrupt and arrest and kill.

And they all are heard by God. And there is no line up. And God does not say “One at a time please”. There is no number to pick out of the little mechanical device that lets you get a place in line. There is no number flashing to let you know how far away you are from being served.

And when you pray, when millions upon millions of other believers are praying at the same time tomorrow, the feeling that you have that God hears you and is paying attention to you and listening intently to your request and even putting more and better requests into your head and heart as you pray is not a lie. He does that because of His intense love for you as His purchased child. He comes and hears and helps and answers and restores and forgives. And you get up from the place of worship and the place of prayer knowing that you have not wasted your time, that God has accepted your worship, by grace, because of Christ.

All this comes to mind when we read Psalm 121:3 – “He will not let your foot be moved”. The great Creator God who, shall we say, is kind of busy, comes to you to guard where your feet step?

And then verse 4 says “Behold, He who keeps Israel…”. While He is watching that you don’t get a rock in your shoe, He is guarding all those who are His. This is stunning. This is beyond our ability to comprehend. This is marvelous beyond words.

Thank you Lord, that while you watch over the grand events of all the created order, you hear me thank you for the toast I had for breakfast this morning.

Tomorrow, millions upon millions of Christians will worship this unfathomable God. And He will hear every prayer, while seeing to it that the earth keeps its rotation and the sun does not expire. Worship this God from your heart tomorrow. It is an immense privilege.

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