Facing life’s storms – Psalm 121

I was reading through the book of Psalm last week, and Psalm 121 really stood out to me. When I first started reading it I started singing in my head, Casting Crowns “Praise You in this Storm”. “I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” Great song!

When reading vv.1-2, and admittedly singing in my head, I couldn’t help but to reflect on certain situations that I’ve gone through in my past that would definitely be classified as storms. Now, I know I’m not alone in this category. I know that there are a lot of people right now going through storms in their own lives. That’s just reality. But we do not have to be overcome with the storms, we just have to deal with them.

“Though my heart was torn, I will praise You in this storm,” that’s what the song says. But how is that possible when the wind and the waves are crashing all around you, you may ask? This is where I am always blown away with the answer to that question.

Psalm 121 goes on to say that the Lord is our keeper, and that He does not slumber or sleep. But not only that, it says He will do this forever…Let’s get our head around this.

The Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth, is your keeper.

This truth in itself can really humble you if you stop and think about it. Think about the most beautiful sunset/sunrise you have ever seen. Think about the time you’ve stood on the beach and looked out into the vast ocean. Think about the wonders of life, and all creation around you. Now think about this, the One who made all that is your keeper. If He was able to create all the beauty that surrounds you, all the wonders that awe you, all the stars that captivate you, and yet He still is involved in keeping you close to Him, don’t you think He can guide you through the storms you are facing?

The Lord does not slumber or sleep.

This truth is one that you must really take hold of to help you through the toughest storms. A lot of times when you are going through storms in your life you may feel like you are all alone, like no one is around or no one cares. That’s not true. Think about this with the first truth. If the Lord is your keeper, and He never slumbers or sleeps, never dozes off while watching the game, He is there for you amidst your storm. You do not have to feel like no one cares, the Lord does.

The Lord will be with you forever more.

This last truth is one that should bring you the most comfort in the storms of your life. The Lord is always with you. If you are a child of God’s, He is always with you. The thing that you have to keep in mind is that although He is with you, you still have to reach out to Him. There’s a story in the gospels where the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, and Peter got out of the boat to walk to Him. Now the wind and the waves were crashing around Peter, but he was ok as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. What happened was Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at all the chaos of the storm around him. When he did this he started to sink, but this is where the best part comes in. When he started to sink in the sea and storm around him he reached out his hands and cried out to Jesus. Jesus reached back and saved Peter from drowning in the storm. What you have to realize is that Jesus does want to help you through your storm, but you have to make the first move. Reach out to Jesus, He is there. He is your keeper that never sleeps, and is with you always.