Tehillim / Psalms 121, ספר תהילים קכא, Part 1, Love and the Emotionally Unavailable


In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 121:1-8, the psalm opens saying, א שִׁיר לַמַּעֲלוֹת אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי אֶל-הֶהָרִים מֵאַיִן יָבֹא עֶזְרִי: 121:1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From whence shall my help come? (NASB) Is the Psalmist asking a rhetorical question? Why does he look to the mountains? Is it because of the high places in which Israel sacrificed and worshiped God? David answers his question saying, ב עֶזְרִי מֵעִם יְהֹוָה עֹשֵֹה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ: 121:2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. (NASB) When David looks to the mountains, he thinks of the Lord God of Israel, of His mighty works to deliver Israel, and His power to work in the hearts of men. He states, ג אַל-יִתֵּן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֶךָ אַל-יָנוּם שֹׁמְרֶךָ: ד הִנֵּה לֹא יָנוּם וְלֹא יִישָׁן שׁוֹמֵר יִשְֹרָאֵל: 121:3 He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. 121:4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. (NASB) The Lord does not slumber or sleep. Read more here: Tehillim 121-Part1


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