When Psalm 121 appeared as the primary reference in Pastor Brian’s message on September 24, it brought back vivid memories for me. I had committed the entire Psalm to memory in junior high school, after moving twice within 15 months. The transition to 7th grade in Ohio, then 8th grade in Pennsylvania, did not go well for a scrawny little red head from a very small town in West Virginia. I struggled a lot. And that’s when it became one of my “go-to” Psalms. I would read it frequently and reflect on it often.
Of all the great phrases found in it, one of my favorites appears in verses 3 and 4:
He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he … will neither slumber nor sleep.
I find that amazingly comforting. The God of all creation never nods off and forgets about me or releases the reins of world order to take a power nap. God is sovereign. He is on his throne.
In 1 Kings 18 there is an awe-inspiring, Hollywood-material duel that takes place between the only remaining prophet of God, Elijah, and 450 prophets of Baal who are determined to establish whose God is real. …