Read: Psalm 121:1-4
This Psalm, along others (120-134), is labeled “A Song of Ascents.” Scholars think this referred to ascending the temple steps during the three yearly festivals when Jews were supposed to return to the temple. Then presumably any or all of these would be recited during pilgrimage to Zion.
In verses 1 and 2 the question and its answer are not rhetorical since there is a wrong answer. Some hills had poles signifying Baal worship but the Lord is to be worshiped only on the hill of Zion where the temple was.
In verses 3 and 4 we are reminded that the Lord is always with us and that he/she is constantly alert. This may have reminded the Jews of when Elijah confronted the priests of Baal. When they could bring no fire to their altars, Elijah taunted them by suggesting that perhaps Baal was sleeping or had gone on a journey. (I Kings 18:27)
Lord God, our Father/Mother, we thank you for your constant, continuing alertness to the needs of your people. Amen.