Did you read Part 1 of Who can I turn to when things come crashing down around me? If so, the first reason to trust in the LORD during times of tribulation is that the LORD will help His own. The second reason to trust in the LORD during times of tribulation is that the LORD will keep His own. The final reason given in Psalm 121 to trust in the LORD during times of tribulation is that the LORD will preserve His own.
Hear the words of verse 7; whist listening out for the word “preserve”,
Most certainly the Psalmist has been climbing towards a climatically conclusion. That the LORD would be our helper is elevated when we recognise that the LORD is also our keeper which in turn is exalted when we realise that the LORD is our preserver.
The Psalmist here has risen above the temporal concerns of the body and is now considering God’s preserving of the soul. That He might keep us from the clutches of sin, the perversion of error, protect us from the lusts of the world, the flesh and devil is a wondrous thought indeed.
Consider the glorious conclusion to Jude’s short letter where he too extols this preservation work of the LORD, “24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.” (Jude 24 – 25). Are we not moved to sound out a joyous resounding “Amen!” along with him as we ponder the preservation work of God?
“The psalm ends with a pledge which could hardly be stronger or more sweeping. Your going out and your coming in is not only a way of saying ‘everything’… in closer details it draws attention to one’s ventures and enterprises…perhaps even (by another association of this pair of verbs) to the dawn and sunset of one’s days” (kidner 1975).
Oh that we would lean more heavy upon Him who can bear the weight. When Our load is weighty and our weakness laid bare it is then that that He is most strong, most capable, most able to help and keep and preserve us to the end.
American Baptist missionary, Adoniram Judson, reflecting on this Psalm made the following statement, “He has not led me so tenderly thus far to forsake me at the very gate of heaven” (Stuart 2005:353).
There are three reasons to trust in the LORD during times of tribulation. The first reason is that the LORD will help His own. The second reason is that the LORD will keep His own. The final reason is that the LORD will preserve His own.
Friends, like the Psalmist we are all travellers journeying through this world of ills and woes. Yet as you tread on the path, as you pass through valleys of despair and deserts of desolation I plead with you to turn and rest upon Him who can truly help you, Him you can safely protect you and Him who will ultimately preserve you; to the glory of God and the praise of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.