Biblical Benedictions, Psalm 121. When all is said and done, we always come back to the same truth. We cannot live our lives without God!
The Lord shall preserve thee
from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy
going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Psalm 121:7-8, King James Version
According to the dictionary a benediction is an utterance of blessing; it is very often the case that a minister will proclaim a benediction at the end of a service, usually quoting directly from the Bible.
Of course, with such a definition, we understand that Bible contains thousands of utterances of blessing, so we will focus on some of the more well-known benedictions and seek to apply them directly to our lives here in this, the 21st century.
The first benediction in our series comes from Psalm 121:7-8. I am using the King James Version of the Bible in this series as no other version captures the beauty of the English language in such a beautiful and poetic manner.
When all is said and done, we always come back to the same truth. We cannot live our lives without God! That is truly one of the great pearls of Christianity; what non-believers consider weakness is really our true strength. As Christians, we have come to understand that nothing we do is apart from the hand of God.
Many times our faith is shaken; many times we cry out, "Where is God in all of this?". But, in the end, God brings us back to the great realization that He never leaves nor forsakes us. Everything that happens is for a reason known only to Him.
Why do we say that we cannot live without God? We cannot save ourselves, and we cannot keep ourselves saved. God, alone, preserves us from all evil. Indeed, He preserves both our body and soul! How long will this preservation last?
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
If that does not make your heart glad, I think you need to drink another cup of coffee and read it again!
I have always loved Psalm 121; the entire Psalm centers around our help being from the Lord. What a glorious pinnacle we come to in verses 7 and 8. Pray, today, that God will take away all stress and doubt, so that you can truly rejoice in this, the first of the Biblical Benedictions in our series.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Amen! So shall it be!
More Devotions in this series of Biblical Benedictions
Devotional Reflections from the Bible