Yahweh our Guardian (Psalm 121)

Date: 3/8/2020
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Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Psalms
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“The structure reflects a “stairlike” parallelism, divided into four strophes:
A. Yahweh Is the Creator (vv.1-2)
    B. Yahweh Is the Guardian of Israel (vv.3-4)
        C. Yahweh Is “Your” Guardian (vv.5-6)
            D. Blessing (vv.7-8) (VanGemeren, EBC)

GS Outine
Yahweh is Your Helper and Creator (vv 1-2)
Yahweh is Keeper of Israel (vv 3-4)
Yahweh is Your (singular) Keeper (vv 5-8)

The Psalms is Dialogical: Question/Answer (like liturgical “our Father” or “glory be to God on high” use of a Cantor).

The same word is used 4x “shamar” “Keep” 3, 4, 5; “protect” 7, “guard” 8. The ASV and ESV consistently render it “keep” but other translations vary this term.

Romans 8:28–39 - And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more