Taking no more than 120 seconds to read, Two Minute Warming is an uplifting devotion to strengthen you in Jesus Christ.
My first parish was two congregations in northeast Iowa, both on the Mississippi. We lived in Guttenberg, a town that is two miles long and a half mile wide. From our house, everywhere I looked I saw surrounding bluffs.
I learned Psalm 121: “I lift my eyes to the hills.” The psalm’s opening was perfect for this place! And it only got better. Soon, I found myself reciting the psalm to members who were heading into surgery.
“He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” I encouraged these, who were about to undergo anesthesia, that they could rest assured that the Lord would be on guard, that He never sleeps, that, come what may, He always looks out for their well being.
This is your Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God, who so cares for you that He was born of a woman just as you were. He did it so that He could unite Himself with you in your every trouble, so that He could take everything wrong into His flesh—including all of the wrongs of thought, word, and deed that you perform against God and humans and this creation—putting it all to death through His righteous death on the cross.
Before dying, the Lord Jesus proclaimed, “It is finished.” He reached the goal for which He was born.
You can trust Him because He rose from the dead, demonstrating He has power over death and every evil. Now, having ascended to heaven, “The Lord watches over you.” Now, “He who watches over you … will neither slumber nor sleep.” He is always on the job for you.
And, come what may for you, “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.