Today’s post is part of our Psalm Saturdays series from guest blogger Robert Chamberlain. You can read more about Robert after the article below.
Psalm 125:1-5 ESV
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous 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 crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!“
The Psalmist isn’t on about the earthly Jerusalem, which could well be rocked by an earthquake. He’s on about heavenly Zion which God has set in the heavens to eventually descend at last. If we trust in the Lord, we’re as safe as God’s heavenly city.
Mountains can be a great source of security. Enemy chariots couldn’t rumble up and down mountains so easily to Jerusalem, a bit like the Romans struggled to conquer Scotland. God surrounds His people like the mountains surround Jerusalem: He is our security.
I’ve heard it said that countries get the rulers they deserve, and I think there’s an element of truth in that which is reflected in this Psalm. In a democracy at least, a righteous nation will not long endure a wicked ruler, but vote him out at the earliest opportunity. “The scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous”.
We want God to do us good, even as we seem to do good. And we want Him to judge the crooked and evildoers as they deserve. May God’s peace be upon His people!
“Lord, may Your peace be upon us both now and eternally. Please surround us with Your mighty love, and keep us safe forever, in Jesus’ name, amen.””
About the author: Robert is a child of God, the husband of Joy, and the father of Grace. He’s from “God’s own county” of Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. Writing in earnest began for Robert when a friend prophetically told him that he should write. Although he isn’t currently publishing himself on WordPress, you can read the archives at www.roberlain.wordpress.com and a few other blogs linked from there. You can also find his up-to-date notes on the YouVersion Bible App. Also, The Believer’s Post is a WhatsApp platform for Christian bloggers which you can request him to join.
Email Robert at bobjc88 @ gmail.com if you want to get in touch.