Devotions this week were led by Rick and he started by reading Psalm 121 (New Living Translation)

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem

I look up to the mountains—
    does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;
    the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
    never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!
    The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm
    and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
    both now and forever.

The Jews sang this Psalm walking up to Jerusalem, walking to the Holy City and into God’s presence.

Rick showed us some photos of hills and mountains that he had taken on his travels including some in the Lake District. About 10 years ago whilst climbing in the area he and his daughter got hopelessly lost in the fog. He recalls saying to her at the time that, despite the challenges, the mountains were friends. In life you will face difficulties and may need to get away and get some perspective- the hills and mountains will always be there and will never change. Soon afterwards the sun came out, the fog lifted and they managed to find their way again. He will not let you stumble - God is always watching over us, even when we’re walking a difficult path. It was true for the Jews singing the Psalm and it is true for us now.

Soon after this experience it felt like the words they spoke at the time were prophetic. Rick was made redundant from the job he had held for many years and his daughter didn’t quite get the grades she needed to go to medical school. Over the coming years she studied at university and has since become a Chemistry teacher and Rick set up a consultancy business and both can testify to God watching over us during time. Whether we’re young or old, we will always have times where we worry about things- it may be about jobs, or family, or money but take heart from this psalm.