The LORD Surrounds His People

The LORD Surrounds His People

“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 forever” (Ps. 125:1-2).

In the Old Covenant, Mount Zion was the place God chose to reveal Himself. It was on Mount Zion that Jerusalem, the city of God, was established. It was on Mount Zion that God’s anointed king, David, had his throne. It was on Mount Zion that the son of David, Solomon, had built the temple. And the temple was the dwelling place of God with His people.

The mountains surrounding Jerusalem were a reminder to God’s people that God Himself was their refuge and shelter (Ps. 46). While the temple would eventually be destroyed, first by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and later by the Romans in 70 AD, the covenant promises of God abide forever. God Himself surrounds us with His mercy and His steadfast love, as we read in God’s Word, “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance” (Ps. 32:7).

Faith is trusting what God has said even when it seems like God is nowhere to be found. One of my favorite examples of this in the Old Testament is that of Elisha. Surrounded by an enemy army, all hope seemed to be lost. Elisha’s servant looked and saw only the horses and chariots of the Syrians surrounding the city. “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” cried Elisha’s servant. He saw only what his physical senses were relaying to his brain.

But Elisha had already seen something far more substantial. “So he [Elijah] answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kgs. 6:16-17).

The one who puts his trust in Jesus Christ cannot be moved. He surrounds His people with His covenant mercies and with His love as the mountains surround Jerusalem, the city of God. Are you trusting in what you see with your eyes today, or are you trusting in what God has said in His Word? “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the LORD endures forever.”

Put your trust in the LORD, and He will surround you with His grace from this time forth and forever.


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