God Is The One Who Protects His People Israel
1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.
3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.
4 Lord, do good to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.
5 But those who turn to crooked ways
the Lord will banish with the evildoers.
Peace be on Israel.
God greatly desires that we trust Him. He has shown his trustworthiness throughout His word, and history bears witness to it by external observers. As we develop in our relationship with God, there is a level of trust that comes into play. When circumstances seem to show that God is against us, are we willing to believe that God is for us? Will He ever truly leave us or forsake us? Do we trust in His character, or the blessings that He bestows?
The Psalmist indicates here that those who trust God wholeheartedly are like a mountain – they will not be shaken. That is because any good building is completely reliant upon its foundation. When we trust in Jesus Christ, we are building upon the cornerstone – the very first and largest stone laid down in a foundation. When the cornerstone is laid properly – it is level and faces in the right direction – the rest of the foundation that is laid down next to it will be straight and true.
Jesus is our foundation, our solid rock. Anyone who builds on Jesus, through trust in Him, will build upon the unshakeable cornerstone of God. God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; nothing and no one can cause Jesus to change. He is securely seated at the right hand of God, His power and authority being vested in Him. Nothing will move this cornerstone from its tried and true positioning.
It is good to know that the wicked will eventually be removed from power over the righteous. God knows that if wickedness stays in power for too long, the righteous will begin to falter, and they may begin to do evil with their hands and hearts. Human beings can only endure so much before they “crack”.
Imagine if there were continuously evil rulers since Cain murdered Abel. What would people think and say? “Where is our God? Will He never deliver us from this evil?” Their hearts would grow heavy, and under the constant barrage of evil, the unending torment of those in power, our will to endure would surely erode, and our belief that God is holy and just would fade as generation after generation prayed for relief but found none. God surely delivers His people not only to demonstrate that He is sovereign over all, but also to give hope to the hopeless.
And when God does act in justice and removes the wicked from power, He banishes them with the evildoers. God originally intended the Lake of Fire to be for fallen angels only. However, He will use this place of torment and separation from His power and presence for all who refuse to repent and turn towards the One True God in faith. Those who suffer under the rule of evil people can take heart that God is a just, righteous, and holy God. He will not abandon His people to the whims and depredations of the wicked, but will instead judge the wicked, unrepentant people and place them where they can no longer do any harm.
The Psalmist’s cry is that God do good to those who are good. The funny part is that in and of ourselves, no one is good or righteous. Everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But thanks be to God through Jesus Christ that He died for our sins, and clothed us with His righteousness. We who believe and are obedient to Him are declared righteous and good before God the Father*. And the lasting promise given to those who live for God and obey His commands (in holy fear, reverence, and gratitude) will be peace, first on Earth, and then everlasting peace in His presence for all eternity in Heaven.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Do I show that I trust God through my actions and my speech?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You are my joy, my peace, and my sanctuary. You have displayed Your awesome power through the creation of the Universe, and You display Your mercy and grace as You patiently, tenderly, and gently woo each of us back to Yourself. Father, time is short, and even now You are calling the last of the remnant to Yourself in dreams and visions where Your people cannot work. Give me a sense of urgency as the time grows near for Your Son to be revealed again in glory in the clouds. Help me to show others that You seek peace for their lives in You. Help me to get out and declare Your righteousness and our wickedness before You. Prepare the hearts of all whom I will interact today. Give me the strength, the words, and the will to boldly praise You in power and glory to others. This I ask in the precious name of Your Most Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.
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This blog has been edited for spelling and grammatical errors, as well as clarity.
*Faith without works is dead – James 2:17; If you love me, you will obey my commands – John 14:15-24; Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved – Joel 2:32.
It is not our works that save us, but grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ – Ephesians 2:8. God accepts us as we are, but loves us too much to leave us where He found us. God cleans us up and prepares us to be a holy sanctuary for the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. This process is called Sanctification. God did not save us just so we could avoid Hell (fire insurance), but to be adopted as His children – Ephesians 1:5.
And just as every parent has expectations from their children (yet loves them unconditionally even when they misbehave), our Father in Heaven has expectations for our behavior as well. He has forgiven all sins of ours, past, present and future – Psalm 103:12. But we should, in gratitude, try to honor Him with our lives in every way, knowing the price that He paid for our freedom, and adoption into His family! It is relationship that He desires with us, along with a singular pursuit of Jesus in holiness and righteousness – Matthew 7:21-23.
Obedience to God is not legalism, for we are to live righteous and holy lives, not sinning in order that grace would abound – Romans 6:1-2. Obedience is an act of gratitude towards God as an acknowledgement of His holiness and righteousness – Romans 12:1-2. Obedience to the word of God shows that we are growing spiritually and being sanctified by the Holy Spirit through the word of God – John 17:17. It is something that every believer in Christ should greatly desire in their lives – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8. If you disagree, please bring this before God and the Holy Spirit will reveal the truth of it to you – James 1:5-8. God’s word is useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness – 2 Timothy 3:16.
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