Safety is no longer something we can take for granted.
Today I just read about a deadly shooting and siege in Melbourne. And that after the recent three successive terror attacks in London, Manchester and Westminster. I found myself heaving a huge sigh, “Not Again.”
When my daughter left for Bangkok, we told her to avoid crowds. Her response is, “How to?” There are crowds of people everywhere at the train stations, malls and food streets.
It’s hard to avoid crowds, least of all the potential dangers of sudden and unexpected attacks by those who are radicalized or terror copycats.
There is a Psalm that is often labeled as the Travelling Psalm.
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
He will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
ESV Psalm 121
The comforting and reassuring word is the repeated “keep.” It tells us, “The Lord is our keeper.”
The Lord our keeper does not slumber (vs. 3-4).
All other security watchers and guarding sentries may drop of to sleep, but the Lord who guards all His people does not slumber. He is ever awake.
The Lord our keeper protects us by day and night (vs. 5-6).
His right hand will protect us from the danger of heatstroke by day and the danger of wild animals by night.
The Lord our keeper preserves our life (vs. 7-8).
He preserves His people by guarding them from all sorts of evil in their “going out” and “coming in.”
If this Psalm brings the assurance, “The Lord is our keeper,” then I want to take this Psalm with me on my next trip for there is no other that could counter the worries of travelling in an unsafe world.