Wednesday, 30th September 2020
Title: The Lord Surrounds His People
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Psalm 125 (ESV)
A Song of Ascents.
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 wickedness 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!
Here is another Song of Ascents that King David composed for the Israelites to sing along as they made their way to the city of Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Jehovah. This Psalm was sung as prayer and praise once they started to ascent the holy Hill of Zion. We can read from the first verse: “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever”.
Through the passage of time, God has proven Himself to be faithful to His people. King David declared his confidence in the Lord because of His continuing goodness and grace toward him and the nation of Israel. This Psalm of praise allows the Israelites to sing together in unity as a tribute to God’s patience and thanksgiving for His everlasting mercy. They come together to show reverence to God’s holy name.
Like Israel, we can look back in our lives and see how God’s unfailing love and mercy has sustained us. We are able to journey with our Lord thus far only because of His grace and mercy for us. With God’s faithfulness, we also can look forward to the day when the good works He has started in us will be completed in Christ Jesus. Shall we not give grateful thanks and praise to Him and rejoice in His forbearance towards us! And like Israel, we too can sing together in unity: “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.”
O God, Heavenly Father, we thank you for the victory we found in Jesus Christ, our Lord. We are so thankful for your faithfulness towards us. As we abide in You and Your love, You promise not to forsake us, nor leave us as orphans.
We pray today, O Lord, that the Holy Spirit will be our guide as we live our lives for your glory. Give us the humility to surrender ourselves to allow the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts, minds, and souls. Help us not to forget that we need You every hour of the day. Use us, O Lord, to help others to live for You. Give us wisdom to use our words wisely in order to build up and never to tear down. Help us never to resort to the wicked ways which are not pleasing in Your sight. We pray in the precious name of Jesus Christ our Saviour and our Lord. Amen.
5 至于那偏行弯曲道路的人，耶和华必使他和作恶的人一同出去受刑。愿 平安归于以色列。