Development: Helping In All Eventualities

He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day, or the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever (Psalm 121 vv. 3-8).

The divine Watchman! This psalm of assurance gives me a fresh glimpse of God as the One who keeps watch over his children night and day. In the words of the old spiritual, “He never sleeps, he never slumbers.”

Perhaps a Levite priest, accompanying the pilgrim on his journey, is speaking here. Note the change in pronouns from I and my to you. He reassures the traveler of the Lords divine protection as he walks the rugged terrain. The priest also suggests that God—unlike the Canaanite fertility gods—never goes off duty or takes a nap on the job.

The Lord himself guards us—not some common soldier on night watch! He “watches over” every aspect of our lives—our “comings and goings,” our times of rest and recreation. He whose eye is on the sparrow promises to keep an eye on me!

Personal Prayer

Precious Lord, thank you for your watch care in all circumstances at all times. I can rest, knowing you neither slumber nor sleep.

A Song of God’s Care

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged?

Why should the shadows come?

Why should my heart be lonely

And long for heav’n and home

When Jesus is my portion?

My constant friend is He:

His eye is on the sparrow.

And I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,

I sing because I’m free;

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

Words by Mrs. C. D. Martin. Music by Charles H. Gabriel.

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