Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalm 125:1-2 

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Psalm 125:1-2

The Lord Surrounds His People

A Song of Ascents.

125:1 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 forth and forevermore. (ESV)

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Our Immovable God (Ps 125:1-2)

| Nov 19, 2016

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Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.  –Psalm 125:1-2

When Bob and I moved to southern California, we were entranced by the endless differences from the Midwest where we had spent our entire lives…the trees, flowers, foods, climate, culture, and more. But the most dominating and intriguing mark of our new habitat was the lovely San Andreas Mountain range, rising just the proverbial “stone’s throw” from our front porch.

There they stood, as constant and immovable as most mountains are! Never once was I surprised to see them there when I left the house in the morning, nor did I worry if they would be there when I got home. What a silliness to worry about such a thing!
But look at our verses! Our trust in the immovability of real mountains points an accusing finger at our lack of trust in the God who surrounds us like mountains!

Those who put that kind of trust in the LORD are like Mt. Zion! Because our God is

  • unchanging,
  • faithful,
  • steady,
  • true to His Word.

When we trust in Him, our verses tell us that we become strong, and steady and faithful, too – and can be compared, like our Lord, to a strong mountain which cannot be moved!  We are no longer moved because we trust in the only God who cannot be moved. And His Spirit in us gives us the strength and steadiness required of us in any circumstance! What a marvelous promise and provision!! Such a promise affects every single day of our lives – every difficult situation in which we find ourselves. God will never NOT be there for us…For sure! Forever!!!

Because we have an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God, we know that He surely can surround us daily, hourly, moment by moment! As the mountains surround Jerusalem, just so, our God pours His being out around us as a strong band of:

  • protection Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
  • comfort Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
  • guidance Proverbs 3:5&6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
  • correction 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
  • undeserved blessings – grace James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
  • and (sweetest of all) His own presence!!! Matthew 28:20b “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Nothing can shake Him! Nothing can move Him away from us! He goes before us, comes behind us, lays His hand on our heads…such knowledge is too high for us – we can’t fully understand it! But we are God’s, and God surrounds His people now and forever – according to these precious, powerful verses!

This week we celebrate one of the loveliest holidays on our calendar! We will set aside a day to give honor, and praise and THANKSGIVING to our incomparable, immovable God who surrounds us as the mountains surround Jerusalem. We will feast and share joy with family and friends, and we will give God specific thanks for the blessings He has showered on us all year long!

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Three Action Points:

  1. Will you lead your family on Thanksgiving Day to a time of sharing to express what blessings God has given to each one this year?
  2. Will you share the verses above as an encouragement to your family members who will undoubtedly experience difficulties in the coming year?
  3. Will you offer thanksgiving in prayer; will you honor and glorify God for how He has saved us and given us the great promise of His eternal, powerful presence with us – forever?

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Joyce Heinrich served as the Minister for Early Childhood under the shepherding ministry of David Michael 2001-2013 at Bethlehem Baptist Church. She gave oversight to the staff and ministry to children newborn through age three. Joyce also piloted the Children Desiring God nursery curriculum A Sure Foundation. Joyce loves spending time with her two sons, four daughters, 16 grandchildren, and 2 sweet great grandchildren.
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How We Are Not Moved: Jesus in Psalm 125

| Nov 21, 2011

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