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My Keeper

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Guardian

6 times in 6 verses God is called our keeper, or guardian. The song is emphatic as it posses its first question: “From where does my help come?” My help comes from the LORD my guardian. In his faithfulness we take comfort. In 3 distinct verses our Psalm emphatically declares God is always on guard and attentive to us.
Psalm 121:4 ESV
Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Psalm 121:6 ESV
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
Psalm 121:8 ESV
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Look to the Hills

As you come over 80 headed west after a long journey, and as you leave Fernley your eyes begin to look for it. As your speed slowly begins to creep up and you lean into the turns your eyes begin to lift looking for that first glimpse. Where is she? Mount Rose. Finally when you catch a glimpse of that snow on the peak. You know, at last, you are home. You’ve made it your home.
So is the heart of the psalmist:
These hills are the foundation of our life. The one fixed point of reference and comfort. We too with all God’s people look to the hills as the foundation of our existence because on them the Lord watches over us. He keeps us in covenantal promise and watches over us in faithfulness.

Moriah - Abraham & Isaac

Genesis 22:2 ESV
He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
May we walk in obedience with Abraham and wood-bearing Isaac to the lofty heights of sacrifice and deliverance.

Sinai - Law

Exodus 19:20 ESV
The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
Exodus 19:23 ESV
And Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying, ‘Set limits around the mountain and consecrate it.’ ”
May we sit at the foot of this Holy mount as we wait on the Lord’s counsel and rule.

Horeb & Sinai: To see the glory of God -Elijah & Moses

Exodus 33:18–20 ESV
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”
1 Kings 19:11–13 ESV
And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
May we walk in awe of the majesty of your glory, both in humility and comfort.

Wilderness temptation

Matthew 4:8–10 ESV
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “ ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’ ”
As our Lord ascended the high mount and cleaved the lie of that ancient foe with the keen word of Deuteronomy. May the sword of the Spirit the very Word of God, never leave our hand.

Sermon on the mount

As He pronounced
Matthew 5:3 ESV
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
May I always be counted among them.

Transfiguration

Mark 9:2–7 ESV
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”
May we with Peter and the sons of thunder contemplate your wonder.

Golgotha

Matthew 27:33–35 ESV
And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots.
May my help always come from forlorn Golgotha, the place of my rescue and redemption.

Great Commission

Matthew 28:16–20 ESV
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
May my feet be readied with the eleven on the mount where our Lord calls us to mission to make disciples of all peoples.
Romans 10:15 ESV
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

John’s Revelation

Revelation 21:10 ESV
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God,
May we be filled with hope and elation. For this is the final Israel whose guardian never sleeps nor slumbers, and until that day may our eyes always be lifted to these hills from where our help comes.
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