Sermon on Psalm 121: Divine Protection

 "Divine Protection: Trusting in the Ever-Vigilant Guardian"

The comforting words of Psalm 121—a psalm that assures us of divine protection. In a world filled with uncertainties and dangers, we can find solace in the knowledge that our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Let us explore the profound truths contained in this psalm that offer us unwavering confidence in God's unwavering protection.

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I. The Source of Help (Psalm 121:2)

The psalmist begins by declaring, "My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." This verse reminds us that our ultimate source of help is the Creator of the universe. When we face trials, challenges, or dangers, we can trust that our God is not distant or indifferent. He is our ever-present and almighty Helper, ready to intervene on our behalf.

  • “God is love” (I John 4:8). This is the nature of God in His divine compassion.
  • “God is light” (1 John 1:5). The nature of God's divine character; there is no darkness in Him.
  • “God is consuming the fire” (Hebrews 12:29). This is the nature of God in its divine holiness.
  • “God is Spirit” (John 4:24). This is the nature of God in His divine essence.

II. Trust in Divine Protection (Psalm 121:3)

Verse 3 reinforces our trust in God's protection. The psalmist assures us that the Lord will not allow our foot to slip. Just as a loving parent holds the hand of a child, guiding and protecting them on a treacherous path, our heavenly Father watches over us, ensuring our safety and well-being. Our trust in Him is well-founded.

  • He is the great “I AM” (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58).
  • This power belongs to God" (Ps 62:11)
  • Power is in your hands, so that no one can resist you” (2 Chronicles 20:6).
  • All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth" (Matthew 28:18).

III. The Lord Never Sleeps (Psalm 121:4)

One of the most comforting aspects of divine protection is found in verse 4: "Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." Unlike human guardians who may grow weary or fall asleep, our God is always vigilant. He never takes a break from watching over His children. His care is ceaseless, and His love is unwavering.

IV. Protection from All Evil (Psalm 121:7)

Verse 7 reaffirms that the Lord guards us from all evil. Whether the threat is physical, spiritual, or emotional, God's protection is comprehensive. His shield encompasses every aspect of our lives. As we place our trust in Him, we can be confident that no evil can ultimately harm us.

  • 1. Live peacefully (ROM 12:18; 2.Cor 13:11)
  • 2. Live free from anxiety and undue care (1 Corinthians 7: 28-35)
  • 3. Live no more in the concupiscências of sin (1. Ped 4:2)

V. The Lord as Eternal Guardian (Psalm 121:8)

The psalm concludes with a powerful declaration: "The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." God's protection is not limited by time or circumstance. He is our eternal Guardian, watching over us in this life and into eternity. His commitment to our well-being knows no bounds.

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In a world filled with uncertainties and dangers, Psalm 121 offers us the assurance of divine protection. Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, who never slumbers or sleeps. He is our unwavering Guardian, shielding us from all evil and watching over us now and forevermore.

May we find comfort in this truth and trust in His unchanging love and protection. As we go forth in our daily lives, let us remember that we are under the watchful eye of our heavenly Father, who is the ultimate source of help and the eternal Guardian of our souls.

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