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Picture Jesus in the crowds making their way to Jerusalem. Since he was twelve years old, three times a year he walked to the great city surrounded by pilgrims chanting this psalm and all the psalms that fill our Wednesdays in Lent. There would be a final journey to Jerusalem and the lament over the city heard only by the olive trees on the mount, and then the final walk up Calvary’s hill with the cross.
Six times in the psalm, the word shamar sings itself, naming the Lord as “keeper” and “preserver.” Meditate on this word, sighing its sweet sound over and over as you mull over its inner meaning of God as a hedge around you. No matter what lies before you in your journey—challenge or temptation—the grace, power, and presence of God press on before you and hedge you all around.
What are these?
Lifting my eyes to the hills v. 1
Help coming from my Maker v. 2
You keep me—slumbering not v. 3
You keep from evil—Shamar. v. 7
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