Psalm 121


 Leader: Pastor Kruschel

Psalm 121 

 

Psalm 121 is among the group of psalms that have the heading, “Songs of Ascents.”  Whether this or any of those psalms were used exclusively among the priests as they ascended the steps into the temple or whether they were sung by the pilgrims as they journeyed up to Jerusalem for the various festivals cannot be certain.  Perhaps, they could have easily been intertwined in their usage. 
 

 

Psalm 121 speaks of God’s help.  Its companion, Psalm 132, also speaks of God’s help. 
 

 

 

  1. This psalm uses expressions familiar in the East (ex. The statements about the sun and moon in verse 6) that refer to the many dangers that confront the traveler.  Give examples of the physical dangers we encounter as we journey through life. 

     
  2. Give examples of the spiritual dangers we encounter as we journey through life. 
     
  3. What special comfort does verse 2 offer as we encounter troubles or perils? 

     
  4. Verses 3 and 4 tell us that God does not sleep.  Read 1 Kings 18:27.  What does it mean for you that God does not need to be awakened but always hears our prayers? 

     
  5. St. Paul wrote, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28).  What “good” might God have in mind when he allows trouble or danger to enter our lives? 

     
  6. What will God ultimately use trouble or danger to accomplish? 

     
  7. Verse 8 is often used in our churches during a baptism.  Why is this a fitting verse for a time like that? 

     
  8. Most often we ask the Lord to watch over our “coming and going” (verse 8).  This is how the NIV has translated the Hebrew verse.  The Hebrew, however, reverses the words: “going and coming.”  Can you tell why? (Hint: Consider when the psalm was used.) 

     
  9. In times of trouble or danger, why is it so important to focus on the promises of God rather than on our own feelings?