Traveling is Dangerous

29 Jan

Psalm 121 was used by pilgrims as they set out on a journey. Usually they were traveling to Jerusalem on a holy pilgrimage. Have you ever wonder that we spend our opportunities to travel on vacation to places to be pampered and in ancient times their opportunity to travel was to honor God and walk to and through dangerous places??

It is said that the group of pilgrims for the holy city would gather in their town square and begin to sing this psalm. You may be more familiar with the translation, “I life up my to the hills – from where will my help come?”

121 1-2 I look up to the mountains;
does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.

3-4
He won’t let you stumble,
your Guardian God won’t fall asleep.
Not on your life! Israel’s
Guardian will never doze or sleep.

5-6
God’s your Guardian,
right at your side to protect you—
Shielding you from sunstroke,
sheltering you from moonstroke.

7-8
God guards you from every evil,
he guards your very life.
He guards you when you leave and when you return,
he guards you now, he guards you always.

This is the song of assurance and hope that the pilgrims sang along the way. In a dry and arid land, God protected them from sunstroke, even from moonstroke. I enjoy how many ways the psalms finds to tell of God’s protection for the people of God.

This word of assurance is our again today. God will guard you when you leave and when you return, God guards you now and guards you always.

Alfred North Whitehead said, “Creation is a continuing process, and the process is itself the actuality, since no sooner do you arrive than you start on a fresh journey.”

Enjoy the journey this day and KNOW that God goes with you. Blessings and peace as you travel the dangerous byways of life.

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