• Karen O'Reilly

Devotional Bible Study: Where Does My Help Come From | Psalm 121:1-2.

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Welcome to Day 16 for a short powerful devotion from our 30 Psalms For Anxiety, Fear, Worry, And Depression bible plan. This short devotional is from Psalm 121:1-2. Make sure to join me in prayer at the bottom of this post.


Read Psalm 121:1-2. Click on the verse to read it in various translations.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth." NIV.


What does Psalm 121 mean?

Psalm 121 is called 'Song of Assents'. It was sung by pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem which is located in a mountainous area. Three times a year pilgrims would make their way to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feasts at the Temple. They would sing their songs of assents as they made their journey, inspired by the mountains before them.


Singing Psalm 121 kept the pilgrims focused on the 'Presence of God' which was present in the Ark of the Covenant and on the 'Mercy Seat' which was the place where their sins were covered until their Messiah came as the perfect sacrifice.


My help comes from the Lord

We are so blessed to know that Jesus has already come as the perfect sacrifice. Once we have surrendered our lives to Him and acknowledged that He alone has atoned for our sins, then we can truly sing with these pilgrims, "Where does my help come from?", " my help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth!" We don't have to make the journey three times a year to seek God's presence and forgiveness. We carry the presence of God in our hearts through the blood of Jesus.


We can learn a lot from these pilgrims. They knew that their strength, help, and protection came from El Shaddai, the All-sufficient One, God Almighty, and not the mountains.




Psalm 121 is all about God's protection on whatever journey in life that we are on. It is a short psalm and one that is worth praying for frequently. It will encourage and strengthen your heart. You will be reminded in verses 3 and 4 that God watches over you and that He never slumbers or sleeps.


God never falls asleep on the job. He is up all night protecting you. Psalm 121:8 is a lovely verse to write in a card to encourage a friend or someone close to you.

"The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."


Psalm 121 is an excellent psalm to pray if you are going on a long journey by car, airplane, train, or on foot. If you suffer from anxiety, this psalm will surely calm you because you are safe in the hands of God Almighty, El Shaddai. He is the all-powerful God. Nothing is too difficult for Him.


What is God saying to you through Psalm 121:1-2?

Are you anxious or depressed about anything right now? Take a few minutes to prayerfully read Psalm 121 and let the reminder that God is your strength and your keeper. He is watching you day and night.


Free printable prayer journal

Use our free printable prayer journal or notebook to answer these questions and pour out your prayers to God. As you dig deeper into these verses they will calm and strengthen your heart. I sometimes sing them (when I'm on my own!)


Bible affirmation: Remind yourself often of these biblical truths. My help comes from the Lord.

God is El Shaddai, the All-sufficient On. He is all-powerful - nothing is impossible for Him.

God watches my coming and going forevermore.

Scripture prayer: Join me in praying Psalm 121:1-2.

Father, all of my help comes from You! You made the heavens and the earth. You are all-powerful. Because you hold me, my foot will not slip. Thank you that You watch my coming and going. Because You watch over me I will not fear. Amen.


Other encouraging bible verses: Psalm 121:3-4, 2 Chronicles 16:9, Deuteronomy 28:6.

Related Resources: You will find the 30 Psalms For Anxiety, Fear, Worry, And Depression bible plan HERE It will have the list of 30 Bible verses that we are using for 30 days for our bible challenge. Connect: Join me on Facebook and Instagram for daily encouragement. If you have enjoyed this devotional, share with Facebook using the button below or pin the graphic above to Pinterest. Help me spread God's joy to everyone! And if you need a gift from our shop for yourself or a friend, you will find the current discount codes on our Welcome Page. Karen xx.

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