Coming or Going

Lou Lotz

READ : Psalm 121:1-8

The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. (v. 8)

“The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in.” That’s good news for those of us who are so busy we don’t know whether we’re coming or going.

Sometimes “going out” can be frightening. Going out into a storm. Going off to college. Going to the hospital. Going into the army. Going off to war. We worry over the “going out” of life, but greater than our fear is our faith: The Lord will watch over our “going out.”

Somehow “coming in” sounds more reassuring than “going out.” When we come into the world, it is an occasion of great joy. When we come back to church after a long absence, it is a cause for celebration. When we come in from the storm, we are dry and warm. Children are always happy to come home from school. I dearly love my job, but it always feels good to come home from work. The Lord watches over our “coming in.”

“Blessed shall you be when you come in,” says Deuteronomy, “and blessed shall you be when you go out” (28:6). Whether we come or go, succeed or fail, win or lose, live or die, God is with us. What a reassuring thought!


Lord, watch over my going out and my coming in.