Fifth Sunday of Lent—This Is a Psalm for Every Day



March 21, 2021

Psalm 121

To the tune of “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” C.M. Sing it at

1 I lift my eyes up to the hills—
Where does my help find birth?
2 My help comes from the Lord who made
the heavens and the earth.

3 He will not let your foot to slip;
His watch o’er you He keeps;
4 The Lord who watches Israel,
He slumbers not nor sleeps.

5 The Lord keeps vigil over you,
He’s shade at your right hand.
6 Not sun nor moon will harm you, but
by day and night you’ll stand.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm;
Your life He does restore.
The Lord will watch you come and go
both now and evermore.


I’ve written about Song 121 before. It’s one of my favorites.

While many of the Psalms deal with particular kinds of circumstances, I think of Song 121 as an everyday psalm. Every single day, at the forefront of my mind, I want the following to be real in my everyday experience:

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let me lose my footing.
He will not go to sleep at the wheel.
He will keep me.
He is my shade.
He is my protection.
He will deliver me from evil.
He will hold my life together.
He will watch over me with all my comings and my goings.

This gives me confidence. I need not worry. He has me.

That’s enough.

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So do you have an everyday psalm? If not, it’s time to get one. What would it be? And what will be your cue or trigger to sing it? For me, I sing this one when I tie my shoes.

For the Awakening,
J.D. Walt


Farmer. Poet. Theologian. Jurist. Publisher. Seedbed's Sower-in-Chief.