IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: AS MOUNTAINS SURROUND JERUSALEM SO THE LORD SURROUNDS HIS PEOPLE
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“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 forever” (Ps. 125:1-2).
Summary: This world is anxious to strike you with its rod and beat you at every opportunity whereas our Heavenly Father uses His rod to guide you and comfort you, by protecting you from this fallen world that is – the valley of the shadow of death.
In the Old Covenant, Mount Zion was the place God chose to reveal Himself. It was on Mount Zion that Jerusalem, the city of God, was established. It was on Mount Zion that God’s anointed king, David, had his throne. It was on Mount Zion that the son of David, Solomon, had built the temple. And the temple was the dwelling place of God with His people.
We live in uncertain times. I guess everyone does in some ways. Do you ever worry about the future? A lot of people do. They’re afraid of what might happen to them or to their fortunes or to their families. They’re afraid of what might happen in the world, in their country or in their community. Whenever you feel unsettled or insecure, Psalm 125 is a great place to go.
Evil is temporary, but good lasts forever. As Charles Spurgeon said: “The saints abide forever, but their troubles do not.” The power of the wicked will be broken, and they will no longer rule over that which God has reserved for his people. Your inheritance is kept safe from the wicked.
The one who puts his trust in Jesus Christ cannot be moved. He surrounds His people with His covenant mercies and with His love as the mountains surround Jerusalem, the city of God. Are you trusting in what you see with your eyes today, or are you trusting in what God has said in His Word? “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the LORD endures forever.”
He surrounds His people. Picture your life right now this way. No matter what you’re walking through, picture your life today surrounded by the peace and protection and provision and presence and promises. I could go on with a lot of P’s, but all of these things from God that are surrounding you right now. And just find rest, find confidence, find joy, find security in this reality.
Danger and oppression are never too much for faith. We are secure not because we are sure of ourselves, but because we trust that God is sure of us. The Psalm begins: “Those who trust in the Lord”
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith would not fail. And when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren. ~ Luke 22
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion. It cannot be shaken; it remains forever.
The changes of society may well illustrate the immutability of God. In the days of David, Jerusalem was looked upon as an impregnable fortress. It is surrounded by a natural rampart of hills; and appears to lie in the centre of an amphitheatre raised purposely for its defence. By the ancient Jew it was considered to be an impregnable citadel. How changed now are the methods of war! A small troop could easily take the city, and it must indeed be a strong army that would be able to garrison it in its present condition. Yet while Jerusalem is changed, and the metaphor has become inappropriate, Jerusalem’s God remains, for with him is “no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” We must this morning consider the text, not as we should understand it in our day, but as we should have understood it in David’s time. David looked upon the city of Jerusalem, and he thought within himself, “No army can ever be able to surprise this city, and however numerous may be the invading hosts, my people will always be able to hold their own in the midst of a city so firmly fortified both by nature and by art.” In his time, indeed, and in the time of his son Solomon, I suppose it would have been utterly impossible for any enemy, possessing only of the tactics of ancient warfare, to have scaled those mighty ramparts of earth which God had piled around the city. And therefore, when David said in his day, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people;” he meant this—“As Jerusalem is fortressed by the mountains,” so are God’s people castled in the covenant, fortressed in the Omnipotence of God, and therefore they are impregnably secure.
They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion. The emphasis lies upon the object of their trust, namely, Jehovah the Lord.
And of course to trust in the Lord is one of the great Old Testament phrases or descriptions for what it means to have a personal relationship with the living God.
And now poor trembling sinner, you who know your sins, believe on Christ this morning, and you are saved, and saved for ever. This moment only look to him that died upon the tree, and, my brother, my sister, give me your hand, and let us weep for joy that you believe, and let our joy accumulate when we remember that the pillars of the heavens may totter, the solid foundations of the earth may reel, the countenance of the heavens may be astonished, the sun may be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, but nothing shall pluck you from the strength of Israel’s hands. You are, you shall be infallibly secure. Come, oh Holy Spirit, bless these words; for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
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