Prepare to listen. Light 2 purple and pink candles and pray: ‘Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.’
Prayerfully Read Psalm 125
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides for ever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time on and for evermore. For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, so that the righteous may not stretch out their hands to do wrong. Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts. But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers. Peace be upon Israel!
As pilgrims walked on to Jerusalem, they sang again of confidence in God’s power to keep them secure. The only requirement: trust in the LORD.
The problem many of us have with trust today is that we expect to feel it. We’re afraid to step out unless we feel God is surrounding us and making us secure. We trust, not God, but our feelings. And feelings, as Peterson notes, “tell me next to nothing about God or my relation to God. My security comes from who God is, not from how I feel” (Peterson 1980, p. 83). Trust in the LORD. That’s what counts. But we need to know about God to get there; know he has the power to hold us as secure as Mt Zion that won’t be moved; to surround us as the mountains surround and protect Jerusalem.
The righteous (that is, God’s people) are those on whom ‘the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest.’ Wait a minute, you say, surely wickedness affects the righteous? They aren’t immune from it. True, wickedness comes on the land of the righteous, but it doesn’t rest there. That’s the key word--rest. It comes, but doesn’t find a home, a place to stay.
In what do you place your trust?
Respond to Jesus
Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts. Amen.
Go live obediently in the world trusting in God and God alone.