Being God's People

Psalm 125

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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. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong. Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts! But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 125, ESV 

God wants us to know His providence. Unfortunately, the people of Israel were not always faithful to God, and neither are we, but we have a God that continues to offer us protection. The devil wants us to feel that when an injury occurs or some ailment comes upon us that God is not there protecting us or that we are so bad that God would not accept us. These are falsehoods. This does not mean that we will never meet injury or ailment, partially because until our Lord returns sin will always be a part of us, but also because sin is a part of creation. We can be injured by the sin of another or become ill because of things within our creation that will make us ill. We live in a world that is fallen, but we can stand on the promise that it will one day be restored. This restoration cannot come through us, but it will come through the One, our Lord, Jesus Christ, who is holy and perfect. Creation cries out for His coming and we sing with joy in the promise that He brings. Our calling is to seek to serve Him as best as we can and know that restoration will come as we are ushered into the new heavens and the new earth. In this time we, who belong to Him, will be crowned full as His children and will stand under the reign of the most righteous and holy One. Those who are not of God will then know their fate and will meet the full brunt of their lack of faith. We should not desire this for anyone, but be thankful because we will be spared as we seek to share this truth with all who will hear. In this truth, even in the midst of chaos, we can know peace. 

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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