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I Lift My Eyes

61. I Lift My Eyes

I love Psalm 121 and particularly love those closing verses: The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. Isn’t that a promise and a half?

When I’m having a frustrating day or week, I try to remember to sing this version that I wrote of Psalm 121. It fits the tune of the hymn “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed.” I sing it slowly and relish it, and what I’ve learned is that after I finish singing it, I’m breathing differently and generally feeling less frustrated. The psalm helps put my life in order again.

Psalm 121 – I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

I lift my eyes, lift them to the hills,

From where will my help come?

My help does come, help comes each day

From God, who made heav’n and earth.

God will not let your foot be moved;

God keeps you and will not sleep,

The very God who keeps Israel

Will neither sleep or slumber still.

Your keeper is the Lord your God,

God is your right hand shade.

The sun will not strike you by day,

And moon will not strike you by night.

Your God will keep you from evil still,

God will keep your life, and then

The Lord will keep your going out

And coming in forevermore.

Words © Copyright 2002 by Ann Freeman Price

Tune: Alas and Did My Savior Bleed, No. 294, United Methodist Hymnal

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