A song of ascents.
1I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2My help comes from The LORD,
The Maker of heaven and earth.
3HE Will Not Let your foot slip—
HE Who Watches Over you Will Not Slumber;
4indeed, HE WHO Watches Over Israel
Will neither Slumber nor Sleep.
5The LORD Watches Over you—
The LORD Is your Shade at your right hand;
6the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7The LORD Will Keep you from all harm—
HE Will Watch Over your life;
8The LORD Will Watch Over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Some call this the soldier's psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when David was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus trusted GOD to cover his head in the day of battle. Others call it the traveler’s psalm (for there is nothing in it of military dangers) and think David penned it when he was going abroad, and designed it for the carriage, for a good man's convoy and companion in a journey or voyage.
But wherever we are, at home or abroad, we are exposed to danger more than we are aware of; and this Psalm directs and encourages us to repose ourselves and our confidence in GOD, and by faith to put ourselves under HIS Protection and commit ourselves to HIS Care, which we must do, with an entire satisfaction.
In singing this Psalm,
I. David here assures himself of help from GOD (v. 1, 2).
II. He assures others of it (v. 3-8).