The LORD will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in.
From this time forth and forever.
Psalm 121:7–8 NASB
In the version here quoted, three different but closely related words are used to describe the Lord’s watch care: He will protect, keep, guard. In the original Hebrew, the same word is used all through. Yet these variations in translation serve to bring out the many-faceted completeness of God’s care for us. It covers every danger, every situation, every form of attack. The Lord will protect our soul from all evil.
This is not a guarantee that we will be spared trials, or hardships, or sorrows. It is, rather, an assurance that none of these will ever be able to bring us under the dominion of sin or Satan. In the midst of them all, our soul will be preserved inviolate. The Lord will protect our going out and our coming in. He will be with us not only when we begin each journey, but when we come to the end; not only when we go out fresh to work in the morning, but also when we return home tired in the evening.
The Lord’s protection is from this time forth and forever. It extends throughout time and on into eternity. He protects us on each journey that we take through time. Then, when the moment comes for us to step out of time and into eternity, His presence will still be with us. He will see us safely through the narrow gates of death and out into the fullness of eternity. When we complete that last journey, He will be there to welcome us home—forever.
My almighty Creator, I commit to You every journey I will ever take from now on and forever.
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