Psalm 121: Help from the Lord

Why do so many people look for help in the wrong places?

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Psalm 121:1 A song for worship.
I lift my eyes to the hills where my help comes from.
King James
Psalm 121:1 <A Song of degrees.> I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

At dawn, what reasons do people have to be excited about the day? Why might they be discouraged??

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Psalm 121:1 A song for worship.
I lift my eyes to the hills where my help comes from.
King James
Psalm 121:1 <A Song of degrees.> I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

If the Lord is our source for what we need, what is our responsibility?

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Genesis 2:8 And God put the man in the garden he had planted eastward in Eden.
Psalm 121:2 The Lord is my source for all I need, who created earth and sky.
King James
Genesis 2:8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Psalm 121:2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

How does knowing God as Creator help our confidence as one who will supply our needs? What might be a hindrance?

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Psalm 121:2 The Lord is my source for all I need, who created earth and sky.
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Psalm 121:2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

If God is always there, why do people stumble?

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Psalm 121:3 He never sleeps, but is always there to keep me from stumbling.
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Psalm 121:3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Why doesn’t God sleep?

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Psalm 121:4 Indeed, he who watches over his people will never become drowsy and drift off to sleep.
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Psalm 121:4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Does God watching over us guarantee his protection? Why?

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Psalm 121:5–7 The Lord watches over you, shading you with his protective right hand.
As the sun rises in the day and the moon in the night, for good and not for harm, the Lord will protect you from evil and guard your life.
King James
Psalm 121:5–7 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

How confident should we be in God’s protecting us? Why might we have reason to fear?

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Psalm 121:6–7 As the sun rises in the day and the moon in the night, for good and not for harm, the Lord will protect you from evil and guard your life.
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Psalm 121:6–7 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

Is it possible in our goings in and out to put ourselves in a position where God won’t care for us? Why?

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Psalm 121:8 Wherever you go, whether going in or going out, the Lord will care for you, both now and forever.
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Psalm 121:8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.