“Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper. The Lord is your shade at your right hand.” Psalm 121:4-5
The word “Keep” is used six times in this psalm which only has eight verses. The Psalmist wants to strongly emphasize how faithful God is to “keep” you.
This Hebrew word is, “Shamar”, and it means, “To keep, protect, guard, tend”. It is the same Hebrew word used when God assigned Adam to “tend and keep” the Garden.
In the same way Adam was to take care of, protect, nurture, and attend to all the plants and trees in the Garden of Eden, God takes care of you.
This does not mean that you will never endure hardship, but God will be with you in it and see you through it.
I experienced this last winter while tending my wife’s new garden. I was up day and night fertilizing it, protecting it from rabbits and gophers, shopped online endlessly to find the right products to keep it safe and healthy, covered plants, and would get up every morning before the sun to water spots that needed extra care.
In the same way, God watches over you – but unlike humans, this Psalm says that He never sleeps.
Have you ever stood at the door of your child’s room and watched them sleep? That is what God does with you. He watches over you even when you are sleeping. (My teenage daughters told me that this was creepy when I told them that I used to do that. 🙂 But for a dad, it’s not. And God is your heavenly Father – your Keeper)
You may be feeling isolated, lonely, even depressed at times during this season. But God is your keeper. He is with you twenty-four seven. You are never alone. He will NEVER leave you or forsake you.
I want to encourage you today that rather than focusing on how this lockdown is hindering your ability to connect with others, use it as a time to connect with God. This could be the time in your life that you come to know the loving care of God more than ever before.
Wouldn’t that be something – rather than coming out of this season thinking about how isolated and lonely you were – you could come out knowing God as your Keeper.
But the key to doing that is found in the first two verses:
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”
You must look up, not down.
Keep looking up.