There is something very striking in the assurance that the Lord will not suffer the foot even of the faintest and wearied one to be moved. The everlasting mountains stand fast, and we feel as if, like Mount Zion, they could not be removed for ever; but the step of man – how feeble in itself, how liable to stumble or trip even against a pebble in the way! Yet that foot is as firm and immovable in God’s protection as the hills themselves. It is one of his own sweet promises, that he will give his angels charge over every child of his, that he come to no harm by the way.
But, oh, how immeasurably beyond even the untiring wings of angels is the love promised here! that love which engages to protect from every danger, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings. In the hours of occupation and hurry, in the conflicts and perils of the day, in the helplessness of sleep, in the glare and heat of the noon-day, amid the damps and dews of night, that unslumbering eye is still over every child for his good. Man, indeed, goeth forth to his work and to his labour till the evening; but alike as he goes forth in the morning, and as he returns in the evening, the Lord still holds him up in all his goings forth and his comings in; no manner of evil shall befall him.
And oh! what a sweet addition is it to the promise. “lie shall preserve thug soul.” It is the very argument of the apostle, and the very inference he draws, “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry,” – “He neither slumbereth nor sleepeth,” – and then he asks, “Who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” From the very dawn of life to its latest close, even for evermore, “He will preserve thee from all evil; he will preserve thy soul.” – Barton Bouchier.