First, it is promised that we are established by faith. "Those who trust in the LORD are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever."
The people of God are established. ESTABLISHED! We are as settled as a great and mighty mountain. We shall never be shaken, never be demolished, never be moved. (See Psalm 46.) "Those minds shall be truly stayed that are stayed on God. Their faith shall be their fixation." (Matthew Henry)
Oh my friends the faith that God has granted to us is an anchor and a firm foundation. We are, by His grace, securely established. We are a mountain that can't be moved!
Second, it is promised that we are hemmed in by the eternally powerful protective presence of our God. "As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forevermore."
God is with us.
Ever with us.
Always with us.
From this time forth and forevermore!
He will not leave us nor forsake us. He will not abandon us to ourselves nor to our enemies. Never ever!! This is an eternal promise that is "from this time forth and forevermore."
Beloved, we are never alone. NEVER! We are never in real danger. We will not be ambushed by an unknown enemy. We are secure within the impenetrable fort of Almighty God. His omnipresence envelopes us. His omnipotence guards us. His omniscience watches over us. His love for us knits these three precious attributes together to us!! We are surrounded by our loving LORD from this time forth and forevermore.
Third, it is promised that our troubles will not outlast our triumphs. "For the sceptor of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous."
True, troubles will come. Jesus Himself taught us that "in the world you will have tribulation." But He went on to assure us of our need to "take courage; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33). Here is the promise that there is an end to the battle and a grand victory in sight. Troubles will come but troubles will not remain. They are but "light and momentary."
Mr. Henry writes:
"It is promised that, though troubles may come upon their lot, they shall not rest there. They shall not continue as long as the enemy would design nor as long as the people of God should fear. God will cut the work short in righteousness, so short that even with the temptation He will make a way for them to escape."
Three precious promises made to those who trust in the Lord.
Psalm 125 ends with a practical prayer based upon these precious promises. Should not the promises of God always press us to prayer? And should not our prayers echo the promises that have provoked them? In these final 2 verses they most assuredly do. God has promised to do good to His people and to deal justly with those who are not His people. Therefore, the psalmist prays specifically for that which God has said will be.
"Oh LORD, do good to those who are good, and to those who are upright in heart. Remember Your covenant promises to Your people whom You have redeemed by Your own blood. BUT as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, lead them away with the doers of iniquity."
There are only two groups of people in this world and there are absolutely antithetical promises made to them.
The righteous will flourish as a tree firmly planted by streams of water. They will flourish even though it may appear that they will falter. The wicked are not so. They will be as chaff which the wind blows away. (See Psalm 1).
Which are you? Which am I?
Do you desire these promises to be yours? Then make certain that you are His!! Flee to Christ the only real Refuge the only true Tower, the Protector and Provider of these three precious promises.
In His glorious grace,