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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 121:1-8

This psalm teaches us, I. To stay ourselves upon God as a God of power and a God all-sufficient for us. David did so and found the benefit of it. 1. We must not rely upon creatures, upon men and means, instruments and second causes, nor make flesh our arm: ?Shall I lift up my eyes to the hills???so some read it. ?Does my help come thence? Shall I depend upon the powers of the earth, upon the strength of the hills, upon princes and great men, who, like hills, fill the earth, and hold up their... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 121:3

He wilt not suffer thy foot to be moved ,.... This is either an address of the psalmist to his own soul; or to any other good man, his friend and acquaintance, assuring of stability, and of final perseverance in grace to glory. The Lord keeps the feet of his saints from falling: he will not suffer them to be moved out of the spiritual estate in which they stand; nor off of the Foundation and Rock of ages, on which their feet are set, and their goings established; nor out of the house of God,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 121:3

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved - The foundation, God's infinite power and goodness, on which thou standest, cannot be moved; and whilst thou standest on this basis, thy foot cannot be moved. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 121:3

Verse 3 3He will not suffer thy foot to stumble. Here the Prophet, in order to recall the faithful to the right path, and to defeat the influence of all the allurements which are wont to distract their minds, affirms that whatever advantages worldly men are accustomed to desire or hope for from the world, true believers will find abundantly and at hand in God alone. He not only attributes power to God, but also teaches that He is so affectioned towards us, that he will preserve us in all... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 121:1-8

God our Guide: a New Year's psalm. In whatever special circumstances, or for whatever particular occasion, this psalm may have been written, it is certain that it is admirably suited to suggest New Year's thoughts to our minds. We shall best appreciate it if we consider— I. THE GREATNESS OF OUR NEED . We have sometimes to face the future, and then we confront: 1. Certainties ; duties, difficulties, vexations, trials, temptations, opportunities. 2. Uncertainties ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 121:1-8

Kept from all evil. This is what the writer of this precious psalm looks for from God (see the first two verses), and this is what the psalm promises, and that with the utmost particularity. There shall not be even a slip of the foot, a thing so common in mountainous lands, and often so perilous, and the keeping shall be night and day alike, and close at hand ( Psalms 121:5 ). The Lord himself shall see to if, whether during the heat of the day or the chill of the night, it matters not.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 121:1-8

The Source of help. "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills," etc. I. A STRONG , DEEP SENSE OF DEPENDENCE ON GOD IMPLANTED IN US . II. WE MUST LIFT OURSELVES UP IN THE WHOLE POWER OF OUR BEING TO REALIZE GOD 'S NEARNESS TO HELP US . He dwelt in the mountain-group of Zion at Jerusalem, and in the other mountains of Israel. We have been taught to realize that God is Spirit, and dwells near us, as well as in the far-off... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 121:3

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved . The psalmist addresses himself with consolatory assurances. God will not allow any evil to approach him, so as to do him hurt. He that keepeth thee will not slumber . God does not sleep—his vigilance is unceasing (comp. Isaiah 27:3 ). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 121:3

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved - He will enable you to stand firm. You are safe in his protection. Compare the notes at Psalms 38:16. This, with the remainder of the psalm, seems to be of the nature of an answer to the anxious question in Psalms 121:1 - an answer which the author of the psalm, in danger and trouble, makes to his own soul, imparting confidence to himself.He that keepeth thee will not slumber - He will be ever watchful and wakeful. Compare Isaiah 27:3. All creatures, as... read more

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