February 28

Psalm 121

“The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and for evermore.” vs. 8

Life is an ongoing cycle of going out and coming in. We know the pattern, up in the morning, out during the day, and then a coming home at night. Day after day, year after year, during good times and bad, from the time of our youth until the arrival of the golden years, the rhythm continues. And through it all the psalmist promises, the Lord is keeping watch over us. That’s good news, ‘cause sometimes life can get pretty lonely. It can seem as though we’re completely on our own and that no one wonders or cares about how we’re doing. It’s like we’re going through the motions, just caught on an endless merry-go-round of repetition and routine. When the psalmist got in one of those moods he would lift up his eyes to the hills, he’d look at the mountains and be reminded that his help came from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. The one who brought us into existence, the one who gives us life, will not abandon us but is always present with uncompromising and unfailing love. Ultimately, there is nothing, not even death itself that can separate us from the steadfast love and mercy of God. That has been the testimony of God’s people from the beginning, and it remains our confidence today.

Thought for the Day: What should I do if I don’t feel God’s presence?

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