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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 125:1-2

Psalm 125:1-2

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.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

A huge crowd was watching Charles Blondin, the famous tightrope walker, cross Niagara Falls one day in 1860. Blondin had crossed it numerous times before—a 1,000-foot trip 160 feet above the raging waters. He not only walked across, but on many occasions he would push an empty wheelbarrow in front of him. One little boy who witnessed one of Blondin’s crossings stared in amazement. Blondin looked down at the little boy and said, “Do you believe that I can take a person across in the wheelbarrow without falling?” The little boy was quick to reply: “Yes sir, I do!” Blondin: “Well then, get in!”

Trust in God is the key to a stable life, according to Psalm 125. Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion: firm and immovable. They are secure and not easily moved. They don’t walk on a tightrope in which one misstep will plunge them to certain death. In the Scriptures, mountains are often symbolic of stability and steadfastness, particularly in contrast to the waters which were often seen as chaotic (see Mark 4:35-41). As the mountains surround the city of Jerusalem, so God will surround His people forever. Within His loving watch-care, evil cannot abide; only good will be found. When we trust fully in His amazing grace and His deep, deep love, He will surround us and we will abide forevermore in the safety and shadow of His wings.

Edgar Stites wrote the beautiful words of the hymn “Trusting Jesus.” The first stanza says, “Simply trusting every day, trusting thro’ a stormy way; even when my faith is small, trusting Jesusthat is all. Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by; trusting Him whate’er befall, trusting Jesusthat is all.” When we trust in Him, we cannot be shaken, we will not be moved. With what can you trust Him today?

Further Reading: Psalm 25; Proverbs 3:1-6

Pray with me:

Lord, I confess my selfishness in attempting to rely on my own strength to ease my burdens and worries. Today I come…I come to give you my heart and my soul, to abide forever in the peaceful shadow of Your wings. May Your love surround me and hem me in. Please don’t let me go, for my trust is in You! This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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