Those Who Trust in the Lord Cannot Be Shaken–Psalm 125:1-5
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.
Finding security in the Lord is the main theme of Psalm 125 (particularly verses 1-3). There is also a prayer for prosperity (v 4) and a warning of judgement (v 5). The psalmist begins with a powerful verse: “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.” Mount Zion is symbolic of Christ’s Church — and thus cannot be moved. The Church may lightly tremble (shaking out some of the lukewarm believers and/or those working for the enemy), but the Church Herself cannot be shaken. The gates of hell cannot and will not prevail against her (Matt. 16:18).
Just as the Lord’s Church, the Rock, is divinely protected so are His children: “the Lord surrounds His people now and forevermore” (v 2). He surrounds His chosen like a majestic shield, covering them on all sides and penetrating the hearts and minds of surrounding men. Not one thought or plot of the wicked eludes the watchful eye of God. And, as the psalmist points out, He has already (and masterfully) numbered their days (v 3).
While the 25th Psalm is a song of praise, the psalmist rounds his worship in prayer: “Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. But,” he adds, “those who turn to crooked ways … banish with the evildoers” (v 4-5). The psalmist has witnessed first-hand the threats and destruction of the enemy. Those working tirelessly against the rightful will of God. And he wishes for the Lord’s blessing, His divine strength, to be upon the upright — the good in heart and soul — yet judgement to befall those who walk in the way of destruction and darkness.
As you prayerfully read over this song of security today, reflect also upon this: ‘The way of the wicked (including those who’ve fallen away) are on the broad way that leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13). But whoever remains in the Lord, walking uprightly and in accordance with His Law and precepts, are forever protected under His mighty wings (Ps. 91:4). Thanks be to God!
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both now and forevermore” –Ps. 125:2.