Psalm 121

by Sherrill Auker

Psalm 121 is labeled as a song of ascent, sung by Hebrew pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem, ascending Mount Zion or the steps of the temple.

As wayfarers ourselves, this is our psalm. Some of us walking through literal foreign lands, all of us citizens of another home. We lift our eyes to unknown hills- not from a place of fear but from anticipated victory. We are not in a valley, feeling trapped by the magnitude of the surrounding mountains. Instead, we are travelers, moving onward. The mountains are our destination.

“From where does my help come?” is not spoken as a terrified plea. The immediate response is a faith declaration. We see from a distance the lands we want to take for His kingdom, gaze at the hills necessary to ascend and say, “I will climb these mountains because my help comes from the very One who made them.”

The Lord keeps us steady, not allowing our foot to be moved. He doesn’t sleep. Instead, He is our keeper, the shade on our right hand. Our going out and coming in will always be guided by Him. Our Protector, Our Deliverer. We are surrounded by Him and nothing can harm us.

I think of Caleb. Written at another time, this could have been his psalm. As he reentered the promised land at 85 years old, demanding of Joshua, “Give me my mountain.”

Joshua 14:6-15 records the faith-filled speech of Caleb when his opportunity finally came. Forty years earlier, he was a spy, chosen from his tribe to explore the land given by God. While ten others spoke doubt, rooting themselves in physical sight, Caleb and Joshua spoke grounded in God’s character. Sure of His goodness, they aligned themselves to His word.

Through all the wandering, Caleb never moved away from his position. He was deeply fixed on the truth.

“I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.” 

As Caleb spoke, so it came to pass. He took hold of his portion of the promise, driving out the giants who inhabited the land. He walked up to the hills with the declaration, “My help comes from the Lord.” The hope of God’s provision became the reality of his life.

Meditate on Psalm 121 in confidence. Realize that these words are for you- the sojourner, the one on a mission. We are not those who shake with terror when evil surrounds us. We are those who rest in the consistency of God’s presence, the protection of His hand. Move forward in His promises and take the land ahead of you. Walk in the reality of a spiritual perspective rather than limited physical sight. We are completely cared for by the loving Father who stays awake on our behalf, who lays our straight paths before us.


Sherrill Auker


Watsontown Alliance Church