Today's psalm is a song, affirming God's sure protection of the community which remains faithful to God. While the psalm celebrates God's protection over Israel, we could sing these same words today when it comes to the faith community.
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 on and forevermore. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, so that the righteous might not stretch out their hands to do wrong. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts. But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers. Peace be upon Israel! (Ps. 125)
Is your faith in God like a mountain which cannot be moved but stands forever? In a way, we have even more reason to have unshakeable faith than this psalmist. At the time this psalm was written, there was no grace offered through Christ Jesus. God's grace came to the psalmist through sacrifice and adherence to the law. Christ came to fulfill the law so that through belief in him we might have life and have it abundantly. We don't have to be good to have God be good to us; we do good because our faith in God and our belief in Jesus compels us to do good.
What do these words mean to you? "As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore."
Prayer: God, thank you that you surround us with a love that cannot be shaken and cannot be moved. Even when our faith is shaken and our love falters, your love for us is eternal. Help us to do good to all people, not because we have to do good to earn your love but because of our love for you and our understanding of your great love for all people. Give us peace! Amen.