Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched? It’s unsettling isn’t it? Why? Because we don’t know the intentions behind that pair of eyes. On the other hand, as a small child we probably didn’t even realize we were being closely watched by our parents, and probably didn’t give it a second though why they were always right there when we needed them the most. I’ve always felt pretty independent, rarely relying on others to get a job done, but I suppose that is simply a reflection of my independence from God. Like a small child I often don’t even think about God always watching over me and always being there when I need him the most. He just is.
In Psalm 121 the psalmist wants the assembly to see where their help comes from:
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Whilst I think I know this (although at times I may not remember it), I have an issue with the Psalmist declaring:
He will not let your foot slip… (v. 3)
The Lord will keep you from all harm (v. 7)
… because I know that there has been many times when I have slipped, and when I and others have experienced significant harm. I know that God could protect me from these things, but my experience is that he doesn’t always.
Can anyone help me out with this one?