New Defender's Study Bible Notes
121:1 unto the hills. This psalm is frequently misunderstood. There is no “help” in the hills (note Deuteronomy 12:2-3; Jeremiah 3:6, 23). In fact, such “high places” often proved a snare to Israel. The last part of the verse should be read as a question: “From whence cometh my help?” The answer is: “Not from the hills, where men worship their false gods, but from the God of creation.”
121:2 made heaven and earth. This assurance is repeated in Psalm 124:8. Only the Creator can be the Savior. “He shall preserve thy soul!” (Psalm 121:7) and He alone can preserve us forever (Psalm 121:8).
121:3 He that keepeth thee. Psalm 121:3-8 contains a marvelous testimony of assurance and security. The word for “keep,” also translated “preserve” and “keeper,” occurs six times in this brief passage, including a final promise to “preserve thy soul...for evermore” (Psalm 121:7-8).