Friday, October 21, 2016
Protected By God
“A Song of degrees
They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.” (Psalm 125:1)
Those who trust in the Lord are as solidly placed and secure as one of the mountains. They need have no fear of being knocked out of their place of destroyed.
“As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.” (Psalm 125:2)
Jerusalem is surrounded by mountains, forcing anyone who attacks to use different tactics. Huge frontal attacks are impossible. They are forced to attack along smaller fronts that are easier to defend. God surrounds his people just as completely with his power, protecting them from their enemies.
“For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.” (Psalm 125:3)
Because of God’s protection, Satan and the world’s forces are unable to bring their full power to bear to pressure Christian into sin. I Corinthians 10:13 tells us, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
An opposing army might well be so powerful Israel could have no hope of victory, such as when Zerah of Ethiopia threatened with more than a million man army in II Chronicles 14. Thanks to God’s power, they were never able to gain control because God gave Israel a way to win. Many times we experience things beyond our capabilities but God enables us to get the victory.
“Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.” (Psalm 125:4-5)
Those who endeavor to do what is right can expect God’s blessings. Those who persist in doing wrong will wind up in hell just like everyone else who insists on doing evil. The people of God will live at peace in spite of the wicked who attack. We don’t have to win the victory ourselves. It doesn’t matter that the forces of evil are stronger than we are, they are not stronger than God.