My Traveling Companion—Day 5

By on Sep 4, 2020 in My Traveling Companion |

My Traveling Companion—Day 5 Psalms 121 “The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.” As we conclude this week’s devotional series, we will meditate on a portion of the devotional text that can seem a bit confusing. Our devotional passage says, “The Lord will protect you from all evil; he will keep your soul.” Two words leave us curious: Evil and Soul. The Hebrew word for evil is, raʿ, rah; the meaning is that which causes harm, destruction or misfortune. Then there is the word for soul. The Hebrew word for soul is, nephesh, neh´-fesh; the word means a breathing creature. So, God can keep us breathing even in the midst of adversity, affliction, calamity or misfortune. How do we trust God to keep us when many of us know of others who were more...

My Traveling Companion—Day 4

By on Sep 3, 2020 in My Traveling Companion |

My Traveling Companion—Day 4 Psalms 121 “The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.” The other day I was preparing to leave for the office when my three older children began sharing something with me that blessed my heart. They told me when they were much younger, and it was time for bed, they were only able to go to sleep when they could hear my voice. I asked why. They unanimously replied, “We felt safe.” Hearing my voice and knowing I was home gave them comfort because they knew I was watching over the house. Our devotional passage today reads, “The Lord watches over you.” The image presented in the passage is of the watchman standing next to the traveler with an umbrella being the traveler’s right-hand providing him with shade from both the sun and moon. It is amazing to...

My Travel Companion—Day 3

By on Sep 2, 2020 in My Traveling Companion |

My Travel Companion—Day 3 Psalms 121 “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”  One Thanksgiving holiday my family was visiting my grandparents for dinner. I recall that day being frigid, and ice was everywhere. My younger brother was worried about getting to the house because from the gate leading up to the door, was a solid sheet of thick ice. My brother was concerned because he did not want to fall and he called out to my father to take his hand. He said to my dad, “If you hold my hand, even if I slip, I still won’t fall because you will be holding my hand.” I watched as my brother held my father’s hand crossing over the ice. Although he knew he wouldn’t be allowed to fall, because he was still slipping and sliding, there was the threat of falling and the fear in his...

My Traveling Companion—Day 2

By on Sep 1, 2020 in My Traveling Companion |

My Traveling Companion—Day 2 Psalms 121 “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” It is only wise to look to the strong for strength and to look anywhere else but to God for strength would be vain. How else can we make it except the Lord be our strength and help? The writer says, “I will lift up mine eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?” The author was sure that no other support would suffice but that which came from above, high on top of the mountains. Living fifteen years in Denver, I spent a lot of time in the mountains.  Many hikes were taken in the valley where it would become dark early because of the sun being blocked by the peaks of the mountains. In the valley, there was not much of an advantage. I could not see many things because of the trees. If...

My Traveling Companion

By on Aug 31, 2020 in My Traveling Companion |

My Traveling Companion Psalms 121 “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?” As a child, this was probably one of my favorite scriptures. I enjoyed hearing it read from the pulpit, and I even enjoyed reading it myself. At that time, I didn’t understand all of the theological thoughts or messages in this passage, but there was something comforting about it even as a child. Now that I am older and have gained a better understanding of scripture, I realize why this was such a comforting passage. This week’s devotional series is a passage that is a processional hymn. It is believed that as the Israelites would make their pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Psalm 121 may have been sung as a prayer for safety. To travel to Jerusalem, many would often encounter robbers, wild animals, accidents and even heat stroke, and both the presence of the Lord...

He’s Patient for A Reason—Day 4

By on Jul 31, 2020 in My Traveling Companion, Patient For A Reason |

He’s Patient for A Reason—Day 4 Romans 2: 4 “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” As we continue meditating on our devotional passage today, let us give considerable attention to not thinking lightly of the Lord tolerating of us. The Greek word for tolerance is anŏchē, an-okh-ay; the word means forbearance.  The overall meaning is a good-natured tolerance that delays enforcing rights or claims or privileges. Get this: we are the ones at fault and God delays doing what He has the right to do to us. Isn’t it good to know that when we have fallen short, God does not punish us immediately?  Although it is His privilege to deal with us, God gives us an interval so that we can repent and turn to Him. It is important for us to know that this word tolerance does not...