Week 2: Psalm 121 (Cynthia)
I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? 2 No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. 3 He won't let you stumble, your Guardian God won't fall asleep. 4 Not on your life! Israel's Guardian will never doze or sleep. 5God's your Guardian, right at your side to protect you - 6 Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke. 7 God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. 8 He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always. (Message Bible)
There are many trials and suffering as children of God we must endure. The Bible says n John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
One Theologian explained that the final part of this discourse directs the disciples' attention to what they are about to experience as a result of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Soon their grief will be turned to joy as they see him again and enter into a new level of intimacy in their relationship with the Son and the Father. The disciples respond with an affirmation of faith, but it is premature, for they have not yet encountered the greatest revelation or the greatest suffering. Jesus does not conclude on this down note, but instead he assures them of peace because he has conquered the world.
I don't like suffering. Right now I am going through the worst trial a parent has to endure. As I led this study, I will share some of it with you. But during my prayer time and crying time with God, He revealed this Psalm to me in a dream. I noticed this week, that I have drawn closer to God because of this trial. And this is always God's purpose in our suffering.
Psalm 121:1 starts out with the Author talking about a mountain. Why a mountain? What is a mountain? The dictionary defines a mountain as "An area that has been raised by erosion (being worn down) or Plates sliding,Mountains are formed when the land is being pushed up by strong forces in the Earth, such as plate tectonics,Some mountains are formed by areas being thrust up over other areas; some mountains are volcanoes that have died out, or become extinct.in addition to the last answer, a mountain has to be over 2,000 feet, otherwise it is just a hill.
Right now, this very moment the enemy has brought all forces in this earth against me and against the church at large. We are experiencing death, marriage problems, financial problems, children lost, job lost,sickness, etc. He want us to focus on the MOUNTAINS of problems in our lives. These problems seem HUGE, big like a MOUNTAIN. But mountains can not solve our problems, focusing on the mountain of problems, crying over the problems does not remove them. Only Jesus Christ who is bigger,wider,deeper,stronger, than my mountain and your mountain, can bring these problems to a hiil.