“The Lord is your keeper...he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.” — Psalm 121:7-8
Summertime is here! When you think of summer, what comes to mind? I think of visiting family, hitting the beach, cookouts, the pool, enjoying longer days, Vacation Bible School, home improvement projects, mission projects, and summer jobs. I also think of those who are moving: to a new city or to a new home in the same city; from one grade level to the next; from high school to college; from college to the working world or graduate school.
Summer is certainly a time of transit and transitions. More than at other times of the year, we seem to be on the road, out and about, on the go, here and there, on the move. Because the summer months are so synonymous with transit and transitions, Psalm 121 often comes to mind. In that psalm, we read: “The Lord is your keeper...he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.”
When I’m on vacation or otherwise “in transit,” I enjoy worshiping at other churches. And from the bulletins that members leave my box at the church, it’s obvious that you do, too! I enjoy seeing these and encourage you to drop bulletins from the churches you visit in my box when you’re back in town. I like to read them and glean ideas from them.
Worship is essential! That’s why we print “WORSHIP” (along with “GROW” and “SERVE”) in our publications. Indeed, the weekly rhythm of worship gradually molds us more and more into Christ’s image by (re) focusing our hearts on him, by challenging how we see the world and our role in it, and by reminding us of how God would have us live. In addition, the prayers renew and redirect us, and the music and hymns imprint the Gospel message on our souls. Worship is truly one of the best commitments we can make every week in response to the God who “keeps our lives.”
And always remember that—regardless of the transit and transitions in your life—the Lord “will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.” For God in Christ through the Spirit is with us to the end of the age. May the Lord bless you and keep you in your going out and coming in this summer!