Revisiting the Psalms

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125:1 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!


a few years back, I did a study on the psalms of ascent (Beth Moore’s Stepping Up bible study) .. I recently dusted it off and have been revisiting it.  As I’ve been thinking on the idea of Trust this week, this Psalm especially stood out to me.

I love the picture of God surrounding us as the mountains surround Jerusalem!

 

Psalm 34:17-19

17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

but the Lord delivers him out of them all.


“God’s great deliverance in itself presupposes a trouble from which the person was delivered.  God’s closeness to the brokenhearted presupposes a difficulty that broke the heart.  … God never promised to remove us from the human experience, but for those of us who call Jesus Savior, the only difficulty we’ll ever experience will be right here.”

This psalm is illustrated in the New Testament with Paul and Barnabas in Acts 14:22,

22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.


I liken this to physical exercise .. something I can relate to.  It’s challenging, it can be painful, it leaves us out of breath, muscles must break down to build up, and it can be discouraging when we don’t see results right away.

“God’s delivering us from every ounce of trial will never develop the relationship that occurs when God shows Himself faithful in the midst of difficulty, delivering us through it.”

This is where we come to know Him and to depend solely on Him .. where our faith is strengthened .. where we are called to Trust!

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