When we trust in the Lord, we are like mountains. When we set our feet upon the rock we will not be shaken or shifted. When we trust in human effort we are at risk of turning to our own ways. Jesus is the way through this – he paid for our own ways with his life…
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.
Peace be on Israel.
Pastor Brent was speaking last Sunday about what we put our faith in – what is our anchor in life? In my discussion group we talked about all the options and ended on self. Self-sufficiency can be a big anchor in life, yet it’s one that pulls us toward ourselves and away from God.
Crooked ways come from our own ways and following others in the world. We ought to seek being surrounded by the Lord both now and forevermore. The psalmist has it right. One way to do that is to be in community with other followers of Jesus.
We need to collectively reject the scepter of the wicked over us. Don’t let worldliness and evil be influencing us away from God; rather, look always to God for understanding and direction.
The psalmist is more brave than me. I have a hard time asking God to bless those who do good and banish evildoers. I worry that my evildoing might put me in the wrong camp… I want mercy for all – including me – and I am comforted to know that God makes a way for even the banished ones to come back to him (2Samuel 14:14).
Jesus is that way.
Jesus came to become the reconciliation for all evildoers to their God. And when the psalmist says, ‘peace be on Israel,’ Jesus is the one who brings peace to all people. He is the Shalom between all people groups (Ephesians 2:14-17).