The Psalms

Psalm 125 There Is Hope.

There is a Zion that abides forever, and it is “the general assembly and church of the firstborn.” (Heb. 12:22-24) It is the home of “those who trust in the LORD.” (v. 1) The LORD defends and protects the church, more than the mountains surrounded mount Zion and Jerusalem (v. 2 Cf. Pss. 46; 48; 76). Those defenses were but physical barriers, but the LORD rules sovereignly in heaven and in the earth (Cf. 121:2; 124:8; 134:3). Furthermore, the heavenly unseen forces are at work in the world (II Kings 6:16-18). The LORD is committed that wickedness would ultimately not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, and under the new covenant the whole earth is thus allotted (vv. 3, 5 Cf. Ps. 128:6; Is. 14:5; 49:8; Mt. 5:5-6; Gal. 6:16). “He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, and the rod of his anger will fail.” (Pr. 22:8) Their ways are crooked and devious (Cf. Pr. 2:15). The psalmist prayed for the LORD to reward good to the good and upright (v. 4) As God’s people, we need to continually pray for the welfare of the church, and of our brothers and sisters around the world, for it is the LORD’s will that we prosper.

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