Two weeks ago the FTE Psalm of the week was Psalm 124. This week’s Psalm like Psalm 124 was sung as pilgrims, who had come to Jerusalem for the annual feasts went to the temple. A good analogy would be worshipers singing together as they entered the sanctuary. It is analogous to the congregation singing together as they enter the sanctuary. In verses 1-3 they sing that their trust in God is unshakable because of the strength of His presence symbolized by the hills around Jerusalem. The rule of foreign powers would not be permanent so the righteous would not be tempted.
In verses 4 and 5 the writer of the Psalm prays for God's favor upon the faithful, whom he identifies as the good and upright, in contrast to the unfaithful who will be banished from the house of the Lord. The psalmists final words are his prayer for the peace of Israel.
For the believer today this psalm assures the safety of the believer in Christ. Once the believer accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior they are forever safe.
Proverbs 18:10 (NLT) The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
John 10:28-29 (NLT)28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
Those who refuse to come to God through His Son will be those who will be eternally banished.
Matthew 13:40-42 (NLT)40 “Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world.41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.42 And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Today we still pray for the peace of Israel and the world.
The Safety Of Those Who Trust In God
Psalm 125:1-5 (HCSB)1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion. It cannot be shaken; it remains forever.2 Jerusalem—the mountains surround her. And the LORD surrounds His people, both now and forever.3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, so that the righteous will not apply their hands to injustice.4 Do what is good, LORD, to the good, to those whose hearts are upright.5 But as for those who turn aside to crooked ways, the LORD will banish them with the evildoers. Peace be with Israel.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.