He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:3
An unborn child resting comfortably in it’s mother’s womb is unaware of the dangers in the world it is about to enter. The expectant mother however knows that even a simple infection, left untreated, could be dangerous to her baby.
Danger is always lurking around us, and even though most of us do not go looking for it, danger has an uncanny way of finding us. We, however, need not live our lives in fear, but neither should we walk foolishly.
God is aware of the dangers around us, and He promised to take care of us. He said He will never leave us nor forsake us. You can walk each day in the assurance that God “shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways“. Psalm 91:11
We are told that Psalm 121:3 should actually read, “May He not suffer your foot to be moved. May your Protector not sleep”! This is beautiful, but I prefer the NLT version that states with all confidence and conviction, “He will not let you stumble; the One who watches over you will not slumber” (emphasis mine). There is an assurance in this version that brings hope and comfort.
God, your Protector is the One who guards you. He hedges you around and He will never fall asleep on the job.
When I read this verse, I think of my great Shepherd who protects us from the lions and the bears that come after our lives and our destiny. I also think of Psalm 23, “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”.
The NET Bible study notes tells us that the shepherd uses these items, the rod and the staff, to assure the sheep of his presence and calm their nerves.
The notes go on to say that, God brings this same level of emotional stability to the psalmist during life threatening situations.
I dare say, when we rest in God’s presence, trusting His ability to protect us with His rod and guide us with His staff, our tattered nerves will certainly be calmed during times of crisis and in the midst of danger. This knowledge should bring us hope, joy and peace.
Recently, my mother shared this story with me.
She said she was walking, missed her step and began to fall. There was nothing for her to grab onto, so she simply resigned herself to hitting the ground. As she fell, face down, she noticed something very unusual. Some bricks, which were on the ground in front of her, began to move. She said it was as though an unseen hand was swiftly rearranging the position of the bricks, quickly moving them out of the way, as she fell towards them.
My mother was unhurt, but she will always remember the glimpse she got of how God protects those who love Him.
In her song “Angels” Amy Grant says, “God only knows the times my life was threatened just today”, and she goes on to give examples, ending with the words, “angels watching over me”.
If we can trust God to protect us from danger, we, like the unborn child in its mother’s womb, can rest comfortably at all times. Like sheep aware of our Master’s presence, we need not fear the dangers we face daily. God is on the job, and like my pastor Prophetess Jackie used to say, He does not own a pair of pajamas.
Prayer: Lord, may we never doubt Your ability to keep us safe from all dangers. Amen