Jul. 21, 2017

Assurance In Trusting God - Psalm 125

The life God planned for His people is void of fear and lack. His Word always lets us know that He is a God of abundance. He wants us to have all that we need and much of what we want. What makes us rich in God is a solid, personal relationship with Him. He protects His people. He cares for humanity and wants the best for all of us.

Just like in a natural family, parents protect, provide and care for those who are under their authority. The Smith parents at 602 Main St. don't bust into the Jones house at 3592 E. Hayes Ave. and start telling the Jones children what to do. The Smith parents aren't responsible for the Jones children. Similarly, our Heavenly Father is pleasingly obligated to care for those who have been adopted into His family. His promises are to those who have accepted His free gift of salvation. He has bound Himself to provide for His children in all the ways that we need His provision. Those who belong to God are 'in Christ Jesus' because that is the way God chose for believers to get to Himself - through His Son. Those who are 'in Christ Jesus' have submitted themselves to His care, His guidance, His love, His authority and His discipline.

Our Heavenly Father shelters those who trust Him. The disciples of the Lord, those who believe and live His teachings are secure in Him. Psalm 125 is an illustration of the everlasting security we have in Him.

Psalm 125: 1 They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abides forever.

Mount Zion is often used in the bible. Sometimes it is used to mean the actual city of Jerusalem. But in this instance Mount Zion refers to a high, rocky place. The usage of Mount Zion here indicates stability and assurance of a secure eternal state. Those who trust in the Lord are as unmovable as Mount Zion. St. John 10:27-30 states that same assrance this way:

27) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

30) I and my Father are one.

Those who truly believe, also trust. Full confidence in the Lord is not misplaced. He is the only One who can and does back up everything He says. He cannot lie and He cannot fail.

Psalm 125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth even for ever.

The psalmist knew that those hearing and singing this song were well acquainted with the mountainous area around Jerusalem. This illustration gave them a graphic picture of how protected the child of God is in the Father's care.

Psalm 125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

Psalm 125:3 is a delicious and tender promise. It signifies that the Lord knows us thoroughly or completely. He is totally aware of our tendencies and weaknesses. The rod of the wicked may be permitted to flick us a bit but that rod is not permitted to rest on us. The rod (an instrument used to inflict pain) of the wicked is not allowed to remain on the righteous to the point that the righteous lash out in retaliation or frustration or anger and therefore soil their hands in sin. This is a wonderfully protective promise!

Psalm 125:4 Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.

What kind of God would He be if people were given bad for good? He is a great God and just in all of His ways. Matthew 7:11 records these words of Jesus, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?"

Our Father knows the hearts of all people. He knows who has a heart and a desire to do good. He knows those who want to walk upright before Him. He helps us to know what is right and He helps us to do it. He rewards good in so many ways. Every day many, many people are reaping the benefits of pleasing the Father.

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.

We all have a choice. The Lord has made the free gift of salvation available to all of us. We can choose the crooked way or we can choose the straight way. We are not forced to go either way. But we are encouraged to choose the straight way and we are sternly warned to avoid the crooked way. The crooked way leads to death. The straight way leads to life eternal with the Father.

There is no reason to doubt His authenticity. He really is who He says he is. He really does what He says He will do. He is 100% reliable and is truth in all of His ways. Every person can live this life in full assurance of their eternal home with Lord by simply following His precepts. Trust Him. It's the easiest way to live. He will never let you down.