A Shelter

Today's devotion from Psalms 119, 120, & 121.

Where are you going?

Beginning with Psalm 120, we are being led on a journey. These are the psalms of ascent. They were written for the pilgrim's use as they ascended to Jerusalem. Some traditions hold that they were used to identify fellow Jews traveling to worship. Other traditions state that they were also used by the priests as they climbed the temple steps. Either way, these psalms were written for those with a faith on the move.

Therefore, it makes sense that one of the themes would center on God's protection for the pilgrim on his or her way to worship. The routes could be treacherous. What could be more encouraging than to hear, "He will not allow your foot slip; your Protector will not slumber." (Psalm 121:3, CSB)

Consider that after a long journey, you are making your way up to the place where God's presence on earth dwelt. The place at the center of Judaism from the Golden Era of the kingdom is just ahead. You're tired. You're weary. You're worn, but you won't fail. Your foot will not slip. God will not allow it.

This leads us the question. Is the psalmist really suggesting that for God's people they cannot fail? Well, in away, yes. You see, this isn't saying that nothing will ever fail, but it is saying that God will preserve you on your way to Him. As you make your way to Him, He will see you through. He will be of such assistance to you that, "The LORD is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day or the moon by night." (Psalm 121:5b-6, CSB)

Today, you are busy at something. What are you doing? Where are you going? Have you considered that if you are headed toward God, yours in a journey that is undeniable. He is your shelter on the road to Him.