1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people
from this time forth and forevermore.
3 For the scepter of the wicked shall not rest
on the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous stretch out
their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
and to those who are upright in their hearts!
5 But those who turn aside to their crooked ways,
the LORD will lead away with evildoers.
Peace be upon Israel.
(Translated version, original article written in Chinese by Pastor Mickey Hsiao)
[Theme] Protection by the surrounding mountains
First, let us imagine the following conditions: one area is surrounded by natural barriers formed by towering mountains and river valleys; the other area is surrounded by blocks of bunkers and trenches dug out manually with a machine. Which area is more secure?
The people who went up to worship God, seeing Jerusalem surrounded by mountains, thought that the protection God had set up around them was like a mountain that would never be moved.
The poet mentioned that “For the scepter of the wicked shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.” (Psalm 125:3).” While the evil deeds by the wicked are temporary, God’s protection is eternal. The wicked may be rampant for a while. And yet, the poet reminds us that what we look up to is the truly righteous and holy God, who has the authority to judge the world.
Meanwhile, we should stay alerted from being influenced by the evildoers nor doing any unrighteous things. We must stand firm on the side of justice, believing that God is sovereign and He will treat those who are good and upright in heart.
When we come before God to worship Him attentively, we will be attracted to His glory; When we draw near to Him and spend more time with Him, our lives will also be transformed. Because of his righteousness and love, our hearts and minds will be able to follow God’s will more. And our conduct will reflect more of Christ.
Let us look up to God and see that God is like a solid rock and towering mountains protecting his people. Let us shout to God with praises and let us also examine ourselves: are we easily shaken by the surrounding environment. Are we easily angered and do we often make complaints when we feel being wronged by others? Let us remind each other not to embark on a crooked road like the wicked, but to join the group of brothers and sisters to ascend and to worship God together.
Lord, who surrounds His people, please save us from the evil deeds of the wicked and the deceitful hearts. In all things, grant us be upright, hold on to your truth, live out your goodness, and glorify your name!
Psalm 125:5 But those who turn aside to their crooked ways, the Lord will lead away with evildoers. Peace be upon Israel.