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From Psalm 121

Hope from Today's Reading:

"The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night." (Psalm 121:5-6 ESV)

Psalm 121 repeats the word "keep" six times in the span of eight verses. The word in Hebrew is shamar, meaning to keep, guard, or watch over with careful attention.

If you flip back a few pages in your Bible, you'll find this word repeated in another psalm—Psalm 119. But here, the context is different. Instead of focusing on the Lord being the keeper of His people, Psalm 119 focuses on His people being keepers of His word: "Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart" (v. 2; cf. vv. 8, 9, 17, 33, 44, 55, 60, 67, 69, 100, 115, 129, 134, 145, 167, 168).

We need to be careful here. This isn't a divine transaction—in other words, not a "I keep you, you keep Me" or "I scratch your back, you scratch Mine" kind of thing. God doesn't need His back scratched (cf. Acts 17:25).

But you do. You need help, you need direction, you need guidance and protection and provision. The Lord—the all-powerful one—has made a way to give you all of those things (and then some!—not just what you need, but what you desire; not just bare minimum, but abundant favor). How do you access it?

Keep His word.

Remember, keeping His word doesn't mean you've suddenly earned His "keeping" attention. You had it all along, friend. That's why He gave you His word in the first place. It's simply how you say yes to Him, how you receive what's been freely offered, how you walk through the gate and into His well-watched-over fold.

Hopefully yours,

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