Topic: Psalm 121:7-8
The LORD will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8
I have seen pictures of it and always wanted to see it, not only because it represents one of the greatest art works in the world, but because it represents all that Jesus is to me, my redeemer, my shepherd and the one who watches over me.
I love that song that sings: "I sing because I'm happy; I sing because I'm free; For I know His eye is on the sparrow and I know He's watching me." Happy is the person who not only sings, but feels God's eye is on the sparrow, and knows He watches over them. To be simply ensconced in God is true joy. I have always thought how wonderful it would be to live in a city with such a constant reminder.
When I think about Rio de Janeiro, the first thing that comes to mind is the giant statue of Jesus overlooking the city, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer. Located at the top of Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca National Park this great statue stands 2330 feet tall, holding the city of Rio in his arms and is one of the most famous and most visited monuments in the world, so when I landed here yesterday and drove into this beautiful city, my neck strained, looking in every direction for a glimpse of Jesus.
Suddenly around a bend, there He was, with arms outstretched, keeping watch over the city. When I got to my hotel, He was almost watching out the window. When I presided over my board meeting, He was there on the mountain watching our every move.
Christ the Redeemer ("Cristo Redentor" in Portuguese) stands at the top of the 710-meter mountain, a granite dome, overlooking the city, and has become a symbol of the Rio. In it's own right, it is truly one of the world's great works of art, but it is more, as it symbolizes in physical form the presence of Jesus in all Christian hearts in spiritual form.
God is more that a statute or a tangible token. He is our Heavenly Father, and He watches over His children, as this beautiful statue watches over the city. The Bible says that no matter what happens to us, nothing "will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39).
For the last two days, I keep seeing Jesus watching over this city. I even drove back out to Corcovado tonight to see Jesus illuminated in the dark, as He is always visible, just as He is always with us. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:3-4. Truly, it is a sight to behold
But maybe the most beautiful part is that this two thousand plus foot statue of Jesus is build in a public park and the ACLU is no where in sight!
What passages of scripture bring you comfort in times of distress?