To the hills I lift mine eyes; Whence shall help for me ariseTune: [Holy Spirit, faithful Guide]
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1 To the hills I lift my eyes;
whence shall help for me arise?
From the Lord comes all my aid,
who the heavens and earth has made.
He will guard through dangers all,
will not let you slip or fall.
He who safe his people keeps
never slumbers, never sleeps.
2 Your protector is the LORD;
shade for you he will afford.
Neither sun nor moon shall smite;
God shall guard by day and night.
He will ever keep your soul;
what would harm he will control.
In the home and by the way
God will keep you day by day.
Psalter Hymnal, 1987
A profession of the LORD's sure protection of his people.
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 = vv. 5-8
Psalm 121 is one of fifteen "Songs of Ascents" (120-134), psalms the Israelites sang as they went up to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. Its main theme–that the LORD is the unfailing Protector of those who look to him–surely made it appropriate for such use. However, it is equally appropriate for God's pilgrims on the journey of life. We confess that our security comes from the LORD, the Maker and Ruler of all creation, and receive assurance that the LORD never sleeps (st. 1), but watches over us day and night to protect us from harm no matter where we go (st. 2). The (altered) versification is from the 1912 Psalter. Other settings of Psalm 121 are at 180 and 448.
Whenever the Christian church confesses its assurance in God's care and keeping; stanza 2 makes a fine choral benediction.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #331||To the Hills I Lift My Eyes||To the hills I lift my eyes||GUIDE||18.104.22.168 D||Psalm 121; Psalm 121:1-4; Psalm 121:5-8||2013||Walk with God |||<i>Psalter</i>, 1912, alt.|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #121A||To the Hills I Lift My Eyes||To the hill I lift my eyes||GUIDE||22.214.171.124 D||Psalm 121||2012||Assurance | ; Biblical Names and Places | Israel; Comfort and Encouragement | ; Daily Prayer | Evening Prayer; Daily Prayer | Midday Prayer; Disciples / Calling | ; Elements of Worship | Sending; Endurance | ; Evil | ; God as | Refuge; God as | Shepherd; God as | Creator; God's | Will; God's | Armor; God's | Love; God's | Majesty; God's | Nearness; God's | People (flock, sheep); God's | Presence; God's | Protection; God's | Strength; New Creation | ; Occasional Services | Christian Marriage; Occasional Services | Funerals; Peace | ; People of God / Church | Citizens of Heaven; People of God / Church | Family of God; Prayer | ; Songs of Zion | ; Year A, Lent, 2nd Sunday | ; Year C, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, October 16-22 |||<cite>Psalter</cite>, 1912, alt.|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #121||To the Hills I Lift My Eyes||To the hills I lift my eyes||GUIDE||77 77 D||Psalm 121||1987||Comfort & Encouragement | ; Funerals | ; Marriage | ; Trust in God | ; Assurance | ; Close of Worship | ; Refuge |||<i>Psalter</i>, 1912, alt.|
|The Cyber Hymnal #6655||To the Hills I Lift Mine Eyes (Psalter)||To the hills I lift mine eyes||GUIDE||77.77 D||<cite>The Psalter</cite> (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 345|