Loving God, you are truly a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Thank you for allowing me to walk in your light this day. As evening shades appear, may I rest assured that your light shines even in the darkness of this night. IN the name of Christ. Amen.
Daily Archives: July 10, 2021
Philippians 1:3-6 (ESV)
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 125:1 (ESV)
The Lord Surrounds His People
125 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
What amazing words of hope we are given in this one short verse in Psalm 125! This is a promise, that when all else fails, when all else seems to be going wrong in life, there is something we can hold on to with certainty. It speaks profoundly of God’s enduring and endearing love for his children.
To have this promise, there is something that precedes it: trust. Trust is something that is very difficult for people in today’s culture to hang on to. After all, how many times have we trusted someone only to have them betray that trust and hurt us deeply? If it isn’t something we have experienced personally, just look at the news. From corporate CEO’s who steal vast amounts of money, to politicians who lie and dishonor the position they have been given – I know at least in America, it has become increasingly difficult to trust in anything. Even the church, the Body of Christ, where there is fighting, bickering and the like. No matter where we turn, it is difficult to trust.
But trust in God is exactly what we have been called to do. The Psalmist knew that if there was one thing we could do, it is trust God. Time and again in Psalms, in the Scriptures, the story is retold again and again of how God was faithful to his promise to his people. It speaks of the mighty acts of deliverance from Egypt, from the hands of their enemies time and again. It speaks of God’s faithfulness to us, even when we violate and break our covenant promise to Him. It speaks of God’s faithfulness to the point that we hear of this Jesus – who came and broke the power of the two things that harmed us the most: sin and death.
Yes, the Word of God is the Word of life that has been handed to us. But it is also a story that reminds us time and again of how God has been faithful to us and how we can place our unwavering trust in him. The question has never been whether or not we can trust God, but really, can God trust us??
This simple verse tells us what the result of placing our unyielding trust in God brings. It brings security and life. Understand, Mount Zion is a very sacred place – it is the place where the Ancients believed God dwelled. It is the place where heaven and earth met. As God’s dwelling place, they knew that it could not be destroyed. What does that say for us? If we place our unyielding, complete, and total trust in God, if we accept his complete lordship in our lives, if we truly give our lives over to him – there is nothing on this side of eternity or the other that can destroy us! How amazing is that! As secure as Mount Zion is – the dwelling place of God – so is the Christian!
Though Satan may through is darts at us, though there are circumstances that will arise against us, though yes, there is physical death that still surrounds us, though there is war, though there is disease, though there will be trials and temptations: The Psalmist reminds us that God has us sheltered beneath his wings and he will NOT let the things of this earth, the things of satan – prevail against us!
So, beloved in Christ, hold on to this promise. No matter where you are in your life right now, this is temporary. As a child of God, YOU will prevail in Christ, not those things that surround you. Hold on to that promise! Hold on to that hope!