He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. (Ps. 121:3–4)
Security work is one of the most demanding jobs. A dismissed security guard gave a testimony that illustrates the job’s requirements. He recounted that he had once worked a night shift and was very tired. While he was still on duty, he fell asleep. His supervisor, who was doing his usual rounds, discovered him sleeping and dismissed him immediately. “Security is such a serious business for a watchman to sleep on duty,” the boss shouted.
The short and poetic Psalm 121 is part of the songs of degrees, or pilgrim songs, recited or sung during the ascent of the people to Jerusalem for some Jewish celebrations—sometimes during the liturgical service of the Levites in the temple or in Jewish families before a trip. In a few words, the author emphasized his trust in God, whom he recognized as the creator of heaven and earth, and his unfailing help (v. 1). Then he spoke of the Lord’s constant presence, protection, and alertness day and night (vv. 3–6). Finally, he mentioned that God’s security extends even to each of our movements, our comings and goings (vv. 7–8).
God is always on duty watching over us. What if God were to doze off for a while? Many situations would happen. But our security is such a serious business for our Watchman, he will not slumber nor sleep.
Believe in our watchman who is always attentive.
Handy Calixte is an ordained pastor of L’Église Wesleyenne d’Haïti and likes writing about various biblical topics. He and his wife, Johane, have three children.
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