King James Version
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.1
Many commentators take these
hills to refer to the mountains of Jerusalem. Because of the presence of the sanctuary, Jerusalem was viewed as the dwelling place of God, and in this sense could be considered the source of divine help. Help comes to saints only from above, they look elsewhere in vain: let us lift up our eyes with hope, expectance, desire, and confidence.2,3
2 Our hope is in Jehovah, for our help comes from Him. It is vain to trust the creatures, but wise to trust the Creator. Jehovah who created all things is equal to every emergency; heaven and earth are at the disposal of Him who made them, therefore let us be very joyful in our infinite helper.2
3 Though the paths of life are dangerous and difficult, yet we shall stand fast, for Jehovah will not permit our feet to slide. If our foot will be thus kept we may be sure that our head and heart will be preserved also. When dangers are awake around us we are safe, for our Preserver is awake also, and will not permit us to be taken unawares. No fatigue or exhaustion can cast our God into sleep; his watchful eyes are never closed.2
4 How delightful to think that no form of
unconsciousness ever steals over God, neither the deep slumber nor the lighter sleep. In verse three the Lord is spoken of as the personal keeper of one individual, and here of all those who are in his chosen nation, described as Israel.2
5 Here the preserving One, who had been spoken of by pronouns in the two
previous verses, is distinctly named: Jehovah is thy keeper. Here Jehovah assumes a gracious office and fulfills
it in person. A shade gives protection from burning heat and glaring
light. When a blazing sun pours down its
burning beams upon our heads the Lord Jehovah himself will interpose
to shade us, and that in the most honourable manner, acting as our
right hand attendant, and placing us in comfort and safety.2
6 The two great lights rule the day and the night, and under the lordship
of both we shall labour or rest in equal safety. Doubtless there are
dangers of the light and of the dark, but in both and from both we
shall be preserved: literally from excessive heat and from baneful
All evil may be ranked as under the sun or the moon, and if neither
of these can smite us we are indeed secure.2
7 The wings of Jehovah amply guard his own from evils great and small, temporary and eternal. The Lord not only preserves thee from all evil, but preserves thy soul. Our soul is kept from the dominion of sin, the infection of error, the crush of despondency, the puffing up of pride; kept from the world, the flesh, and the devil; kept for holier and greater things; kept in the love of God; kept unto the eternal kingdom and glory. What can harm a soul that is kept of the Lord?2
8 When we go out in the morning to labour, and come home at eventide to rest, Jehovah shall keep us. When we go out in youth to begin life, and come in at the end to die, we shall experience the same keeping. Our exits and our entrances are under one protection. This keeping is eternal; continuing from this time forth, even for evermore. None are so safe as those whom God keeps; none so much in danger as the self secure.2
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
H. Spurgeon, "The Treasury of David" - http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries
3. SDA Bible Commentary Vol. 3 pgs. 620, 861-862,
4. The Book of Psalms -