“The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.” (Psalm 121:7)
The hard reality of the Christian life is that we are not exempt from the presence of evil and the brokenness it brings. Deep heartaches, physical suffering, and the pull of temptation are vivid reminders that our fractured world is not as it should be. Yet, in this morning’s psalm, we are given what seems like an unlikely promise: “The Lord will protect you from all evil.” Perhaps, like me, you read that and thought to yourself, “But is that really true?” For many of us, our lives have been anything but protected; our pain is real, our sorrow deep, and the pull of temptation is strong. Has God forgotten His promise? Certainly not! It is in the midst of our broken lives that this promise gives us hope—not of rescue, but of redemption.
God promises to protect us from evil—not from the presence of it, but from the power of it. During those times it seems all of hell is arrayed against us, we take hope because of how God promises to protect us: by keeping our soul. This is the confidence of the Christian life: though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil, for the One who keeps our soul walks there with us. We are protected because our soul is kept in the hand of the Almighty, and no one can pluck us out of His hand. This is a protection that goes far beyond our circumstances; it reaches into the deepest part of our existence. If the soul is kept, all is kept.
Where are you today on your Lenten journey? Perhaps the realities of this fractured world are surrounding you in a frightening way. Perhaps you are carrying a great fear, a deep heartache, or struggling to break free from a besetting sin. Hear this word of promise to you today: “The Lord will protect you from all evil; he will keep your soul.” Do you believe this? Rest in His promise, beloved—secure in faith and sure in hope—kept in the hand of the Almighty.
Bryant Stephen Matheu (MDiv Student)
Fort Worth, TX