Another Timely Psalm

It’s interesting how so many of the Psalms seem to have been written for times like these. Even though COVID-19 and coronavirus most likely didn’t exist back in ancient times, the words of the psalmist are always applicable to any time of crisis or pandemic. Funny how God’s word is living and active that way.

This particular Psalm speaks to God’s tender lovingcare– His hesed– over His own:

“I look up at the vast size of the mountains—
    from where will my help come in times of trouble?
The Eternal Creator of heaven and earth and these mountains
    will send the help I need.

He holds you firmly in place;
He will not let you fall.
    He who keeps you will never take His eyes off you and never drift off to sleep.
What a relief! The One who watches over Israel
    never leaves for rest or sleep.

The Eternal keeps you safe,
    so close to Him that His shadow is a cooling shade to you.
Neither bright light of sun
    nor dim light of moon will harm you.

The Eternal will keep you safe
    from all of life’s evils,
 From your first breath to the last breath you breathe,
    from this day and forever” (Psalm 121, The Voice).

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