Yesterday we looked at the idea of speaking a blessing from God over someone as part of the first aspect of this ancient blessing from Numbers 6:24-27.

The second aspect which I want to focus on is ‘and keep you’. The Hebrew word literally means to guard or to protect or to watch over. We find the same verb three times In Psalm 121:7-8

The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.

The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

The first thing I want us all to notice here is the intimacy of this. It is the Lord who will keep you. It is the Lord who will protect, guard and watch over you. He is not leaving it to anyone else. The Lord himself is the wonderful watcher over you. We are all guarded every moment of every day by the all-powerful, all-seeing God. We need not be a fearful, anxious or apprehensive.

When our children were younger, they would, on occasions come into our bedroom at nighttime having had a bad dream or upset by a noise outside. Actually, one time that noise outside was a car being set on fire so not all were imagined by our children. Anyway, when that happens you try to settle them back to bed. You hope your reassurance is good enough to get them off to sleep as quickly as possible so you can go back to bed yourself.

But, more often than not, they weren’t satisfied by that. I’m still scared they would say. But we are only next door in the bedroom I would reply. No dad I need you here and so you would lay down beside them until they have fallen asleep. They are at peace enough to sleep because you are there watching over them, guarding them. This is the picture I have of Father God keeping us.

He is the Lord, our keeper (John 17:12). He is able and ready to keep us from sin (1 Peter 1:3-5). To keep us from falling (Jude 24) and to keep us safe until the end of the journey (Psalm 73:4).

For a full picture of the Lord keeping us, I want to finish by using Psalm 121 as a prayer which speaks about the safety of those who put their trust in God’s protection.

I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there?

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.

Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.

The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.

The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

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