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Psalm 125


Psalm 125


We Trust in God.

We are Blessed.



A Psalm

to bless those who are loyal to the Lord -

and to warn those who are wicked.



Verse 1


They that trust in the Lord 

shall be as mount Zion,

which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.


"They that trust in the Lord"

Trust = confidence and security



Psalm 125:1 in the TLB version says:

Those who trust in the Lord are steady as Mount Zion,

unmoved by any circumstance.



The opposite of steady is  

unsteady.


We read about being unsteady

in

James 1:6 b - 8 a TLB.

It says,

"For a doubtful mind

will be as unsettled

as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed

by the wind.

and every decision you then make

will be uncertain,

as you turn first this way, and then that." 


God wants us to be steady and unmoved.


When we are unmoved,

we aren't

tossed back and forth

between

trusting and not trusting 

God.




Here is Psalm 125:1 AMPC version:

Those who trust in, lean on, and confidently hope

in the Lord are like Mount Zion,

which cannot be moved

but abides and stands fast forever.




Stand Firm

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters,

stand firm.

Let nothing move you.

1 Corinthians 15:58 a NIV


Be on guard.

Stand firm in the faith.

Be courageous.

Be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT


Trust in the Lord = Steady

Trust in the Lord = Abiding = Close Communion with God


Verse 2


As the mountains are round about Jerusalem,

so the Lord is round about his people

from henceforth even for ever.


God surrounds us with protection.


Psalm 139

gives us a picture of

how present God is with us. 


Psalm 139 verse 5 is especially related to

Psalm 125.

It says...


You are all around me -

in front of me and behind me. 

 I feel your hand on my shoulder.

Psalm 139:5 ERV


Please consider our page:

For Those Who Feel Surrounded by trouble




Verse 3


For the rod of the wicked

shall not rest upon

the lot of the righteous;

lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.


The rod = the scepter

(Like a King's scepter which represents power and authority.)


Is it God's Perfect Will

that wicked people rule countries?

No.

It is God's command that we choose godly leaders.


In the TLB version this verse says,

 For the wicked shall not rule the godly,

lest the godly be forced to do wrong. 

Psalm 125:3 TLB



God's perfect will is for the godly to rule.


God's perfect will

vs.

God's permissive will


God's permissive will

sometimes

allows the wicked to rule.


Yet, God tells us that he will not allow

the wicked to rule forever.


In many countries, such as the United States, 

the people have great power

to choose their leaders.

God wants us to take that right seriously.

We are to research

those running and

try

to make the best decisions we can.


One way we can tell if a leader is ungodly - 

is if the leader tries to FORCE people

to do ungodly things.




Verse 4


Do good, O Lord,

unto those that be good,

and to them that are upright in their hearts.

-


Verse 4

is a prayer to God

that we can pray at any time.


In James 5:16,

God says that

The Prayers of the Righteous Avail Much.


The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man

availeth much.

James 5:16 b


It is God's will that the righteous are blessed.


God's word says,

No good thing

will he withhold

from those who walk uprightly.

Psalm  84:11 b




Verse 5


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.



This verse tells us that

when people turn to crooked, sinful ways -

they join themselves

to the punishment of evildoers.

Psalm 125 verse 5 in the ESV says:

But those who turn aside

to their crooked ways

the LORD will lead away with evildoers!

Peace be upon Israel!



In a related verse,

we read in Isaiah 3:10-11 AMPC :

Say to the righteous

that it will go well with them,

For they will eat the fruit of their [righteous] actions.

Woe (judgment is coming) to the wicked!

 It shall go badly with him,

For what his hand has done shall be done to him.



God ends this psalm

with a blessing for Israel.


We would be wise to choose to bless Israel.

For God says,


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

they shall prosper

that love thee.

Peace be within thy walls,

and prosperity within thy palaces.

Psalm 122:6-7 KJV


God also says in Genesis 12:1-3  CEV


The Lord said to Abram (Abraham):

Leave your country, your family, and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.

 I will bless you and make your descendants into a great nation.
You will become famous and be a blessing to others. 

I will bless anyone who blesses you,
but I will put a curse on anyone
who puts a curse on you.
Everyone on earth will be blessed because of you.

~ ~ ~

So we pray for Blessings for Israel.

May they have

Peace.




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