Psalm 121: The LORD our Protector

1 I look to the mountains; where will my help come from? 2 My help will come from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let you fall; your protector is always awake. 4 The protector of Israel never dozes or sleeps. 5 The LORD will guard you; he is by your side to protect you. 6 The sun will not hurt you during the day, nor the moon during the night. 7 The LORD will protect you from all danger; he will keep you safe. 8 He will protect you as you come and go now and for ever.

Dear friends,

Rev'd Robert Sheard

Psalm 121 is one of my favourite psalms for several reasons, it takes me back to my home town of Halifax in West Yorkshire, with its rolling hills, and the happy times I had their growing up as a child and the Sunday afternoon rambles, we had in the hills. It takes me to Cumbria and Carlisle, where I had my first pastorate, again because of the hills and mountains in that area, it also takes me to Lindisfarne/ Holy Island as a place, as the Celtic Christians would put it, a "thin place", which is a place where you become closer to God.

It is often in unsuspecting places that we find we meet with God the easiest. For some Christians during the pandemic, they have found the space and time to rediscover God, in those times away from others. Psalm 121 reminds us that God is ever watching over us even though we don't always recognise it, Psalm 121 is very much a Psalm of comfort.

We all need to find our own "thin places" to be with God, to get away from the noise, clamour and bustle of everyday life, and to refocus ourselves to what our priorities in life are. I would encourage all of you whether you have found your "thin place" or to find your "thin place", to keep rediscovering it, as we come out of this pandemic and not to lose it, but to keep rediscovering that time with God and maybe take time to read Psalm 121, and let it be a Psalm of comfort for you.

Yours in Christ,

Rev'd Robert Sheard

United Reformed Church Minister of Stowmarket, Debenham, Stowupland, Mendlesham & Haughley

September 2021