But I have a song. And it’s a song of promise.”
Every couple has a song. Anyone else make mixed tapes for your spouse when you were dating? By nature, songs are invitational. They are poems put to music that create the soundtrack to your love story. Songs not only invite you into a journey, but will also shape your journey. The future of your marriage is dependent on the song that you sing today.
I want to share a song you may not have considered adding to that mixed tape. It is filled with ancient promises that you can claim today as your own. These are found in Psalm 121:
“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.”
For the Hebrews, Psalm 121 was more than just a random song. Three times a year, they would take the trek upward into Jerusalem worship. Here were the people who journeyed in remembrance of the God who had rescued them from the grips of slavery to Pharaoh in Egypt. Here were the people reminding themselves of the gratitude of God’s provision in the wilderness. Here were the people walking in the renewal that they were, in fact, God’s people.
So what is this song inviting us into? The answer is confession and confidence. Let’s break these down a little more.
Is there a confession that needs to happen in your marriage today?
We look up to the hills in the times of sorrow and realize that they have nothing to offer. The Psalmist invites us to confess that we need help, and that it is only God who can meet us in our seasons of need. The good news of the Gospel today in your marriages, moments struggle, sorrow, or dysfunction, is that God meets you in your weakness and works powerfully to deliver you. The great tragedy of our marriages today is not that God is unable to help us, but that we are often unwilling to confess that we need him. Is there a confession that needs to happen in your marriage today?
Our confidence is in the Lord who guards and protects us.
The Psalmist shares ten things our God will do for us that we cannot do on our own. Can you count them all? Our confidence is in the Lord who guards and protects us. Whether we are awake or asleep, He is still working. Our confidence is in the Lord who governs the sun and the moon. He is the God who stands at your side, covering you in the shade of His presence.
So, when the enemy comes and tells you to be bitter or that the opposition is too great, you stand up, clap your hands, and say, “But I have a song. And it’s a song of promise.”
Your song is not a theory. Your song is not an ideology. Your song is a person, and His name is Jesus.