They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity. 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.
The first verse of this Psalm announces an overarching principle of life. Writing to those who have found refuge in the Lord, the Psalmist seeks to strengthen them by reminding them that, because they trust in Him (v 1), they are “his people” (v 2). Drawing on the geographical features of Jerusalem, he recounts how the land and the people are God’s possession (v 1). An Israelite living in Jerusalem could take a 360-degree view of his surroundings, seeing mountains on all sides as protection (v 2) from the enemy. He might think of the encircling hills as God’s arms embracing the city. Although the wicked may for a time afflict God’s people, their success will only be short-lived, for God would not have His people discouraged. Because of his confidence in God’s promises, the Psalmist knows that it is only by God’s hand that trouble befalls Israel. He therefore prays (v 4), not for the destruction of his enemies, nor even for release from God-given trial, but rather that God would remember those who trust in Him. They are described as “good” and upright in heart. The Psalmist does not want to see anyone, including himself, turn back from trusting the Lord, knowing that faith in God brings peace (v 5). And with peace comes liberty and security not only for the children of Israel in Old Testament times but also for the believer today.
Fellow Christian – relish the thought that you are God’s own possession. Revel in the truth that no one can change that fact (John 10.28), for He has rescued you from eternal damnation and given you eternal life. Nothing needs to be done to retain this wonderful gift. We belong to a tremendous Savior who did all the work at Calvary. Find joy in this, that we are “in Christ” (Eph 1.3). These are not empty words but sure promises grounded on the historical fact of the Savior’s atoning death and resurrection. Union with Him ensures our unfailing protection. Nevertheless, even being God’s possession, enjoying His protection, and having “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”, we shall still encounter temptation. But there is no reason to lose heart, for we have the promise that “God is faithful" (1 Cor 10.13). He will not suffer us to be tempted beyond endurance but equips us to bear all the trials we may encounter. We should therefore drop to our knees in thankful prayer to Him for the many blessings that accompany salvation. Friends, stand firm whatever the trial, for Christ is coming soon to take us into eternal peace.