“The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your soul. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.” Psalms 121:7-8 from Psalm 121:1-8)
The day I wrote on this verse was a long day – and yes, I have many long days. After long days my sense of humor tends to be a little . . . shall we say unusual. So it amused me to image (to you gentle reader) God as some Divine Being who roamed around picking up random souls, and just leaving it at that. And then to say, and then to affirm the opposite, that it is not God gathering souls to keep, but God guarding and tending to souls. I guess you had to be inside my head to get the humor.
But on long days (which there are too many of) it comforts me to know that whatever else happens, God is safeguarding my soul and supporting me in my going out and coming in. Because on long days there can be a lot of coming and going!
This is also the psalm where the psalmist says, “I lift my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come?” and answers that question saying, “My help comes from the Lord,who made heaven and earth.” A good many songs are based on this passage – some quite established and noteworthy, and some fairly recent and not as well-known. My head is too weary to think of them, or even to search for them. But it is comfort just the same to know the songs exists, as does help from the Lord.
These verses illustrate the our Lord God maintains right relationship with us, insures that God treats us justly, and wishes for us shalom. I hesitate to say the God gives us shalom absolutely, because it is not true for all people. God’s plan and intention for us and the world is shalom. But the powers and principalities that for a “short time” run a muck in the world can muck up shalom. But our souls are safe with God. Which brings me back to where I started.
May you gentle reader, whether your days are long or short, rest assured that your soul is safe and your daily activities are within God’s sight. Selah, and shalom for your day!