Monday, May 16, 2016

Reflections on Psalm 121 - By Roy Lessin

A few weeks ago, I checked in (via email) with our dear friend Roy Lessin and his wife Char to see what they are up to, and let him know what's been going on here. They have been enjoying everything blooming in their gardens around their home. Roy thought you might enjoy this reflection he wrote on Psalm 121... 
-Marina 

Reflections on Psalm 121
Roy Lessin
I found real help when I stopped looking in the wrong places, stopped depending on the wrong things, and stopped leaning on the wrong people. I found my help in the Helper, the Lord God Almighty, and the One who reigns on high and reaches down to lift up the lowly.
He not only gives help, He is the help! The reasons to trust Him as my true Helper are endless…after all, He is the One who formed, shaped, and brought me into being…He created everything that exists beneath my feet, above my head, and all around me. The Maker of it all is the Helper in it all. He is The Helper at sunrise, through the day, at sunset, and during the night. I can live and thrive with help like that!
My Helper, God, is a won’t-allower…He won’t allow my foot to be moved. That doesn’t mean I am frozen in place…rather, it means I can totally trust Him not to lead me to places that have slippery slopes, or instruct me to build my life upon shaky foundations.
My Helper, God, is also a won’t-sleeper…He does not nap and doesn’t go to bed early…He is a 24/7 Helper…no one else can be that kind of helper…not even close!
My Helper, God, also puts around me a hedge with super hybrid thrones that causes any would-be intruder to be totally miserable, leaving them fully regretting their attempt to enter a “no trespassing zone.”
No one is going to be able to sneak up on my Helper in the shadows of day, or in the darkness of night. And when I’m walking in the bright sun I won’t need an umbrella to shade me…my Helper will provide me with all the shade I need by simply placing His hand above my head. At night, when the light of the moon is dim, I still have all the light I need to take the next step safely.
My Helper, God, is my Watchman. He is my preserver because He is my observer…He knows everything about me and everything that is going on around me.  Nothing gets past Him, or sneaks around Him to get to me.
What is even more wonderful is that He is my traveling companion. When I travel from home I don’t leave my Helper behind, in fact, He blazes the trail before me and gets me to my appointed destination. When it’s time to return home, He is my personal escort, and the first greeter to welcome me home.
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.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. Psalm 121:1-8 (NKJV)