in The Psalms
What does it say?
- Read Psalm 121
- What question does the psalmist ask?
- Who is the psalmist asking the question to? (who is "you"?)
- How is the Lord described?
- Do you see any repeated words?
What does it mean?
- How is Psalm 121 similar to Psalm 120?
- Why do you think this particular Psalm was written?
- What feeling would this instill in those making the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship?
- If God is the maker of heaven and earth, what does that tell us about the help that he gives?
- What does it mean that "the Lord is your keeper"? What does he keep us from?
- Is there anything in this passage that points to or foreshadows truths of the gospel? (Remember there might be many answers to this question: does it mirror Jesus in any way? Anything pointing to sin, judgment, salvation, God's love, etc.?)
- How many connections can you make?
How should it change us?
- Where else are you tempted to look for help? Why should we look to God instead?
- Are there ways that God could use you in order to help others? What are some examples?
- Where in your life do you feel particularly vulnerable or in need of the LORD’s protection? How can this psalm guide your own prayers this week?
- How does this psalm encourage us to be faithful in the midst of a fallen world with sin all around us? How does the gospel enable us to do that?