A Word from the Word

Never-Failing Help


Psalm 121:1–3

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.     NASB

The psalmist there looks at the mountains in their majesty and in their grandeur and then he asks that question: “Where does my help come from?” And he is reminded of the great Creator, the one who formed the mountains, the seas and the whole earth and he rejoices to know that the Creator is also his helper. He says, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” The same God that created all these mighty marvels that we see in creation, created us.

Not only did He create us, He wants to keep us, He wants to preserve us. He will not allow our foot to slip. He who keeps us will not slumber. I had a little picture once of a little boy in his father’s arms, holding on very tight to his father’s lapel in case he should fall, but after awhile he nodded off and went to sleep and his hand slipped away from his father’s lapel, but his father held him just as securely whether he was holding onto his father or not. And that’s how our relationship with God is. Sometimes we think we just have to hold on tight to God but when we fall asleep God still holds us even if we are not holding Him.

He who keeps us will neither slumber nor sleep. He is the great Creator.