This psalm is a true 'song for the journey'! We imagine this song as it could have been a dialogue between a caring priest in the temple of Jerusalem and a pilgrim family about to head back down the road on their way home from worshiping at one of the great Feasts. The first stanza is in the first person and is considered to be the words of the pilgrim who lifts his eyes higher than the mountains to the Creator of all Life for his help! The kindly priest responds with a blessing that includes 'finding stability for the journey (3-4); feeling the protective shield of Yahweh in the times of intense struggle (5-6); and knowing the comprehensive Guardian of the whole of life (7-8)'. The covenant-making, covenant-keeping Yahweh who is the Creator of all of life is constantly and without interruption 'watching over' His children on whatever journey they may be traveling. Praise His Name!
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