“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.”(Psalm 125:1-2 ESV)
“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.”(Psalm 46:5 ESV)
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”Trust….it’s only a little word but it’s a very important one. As I sit here, mulling it over, it occurs to me that trust is needed in every relationship, and interactio, and where there has been a breach of trust, or one party feels unable to trust, relationship breaks down.
Not only can we trust God, but it is vital to our relationship with Him that we put our complete trust in Him. When the Lord is the centre of a city, He makes it strong, “like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved.” Likewise, when the Lord is the dented of our very soul, and we put our unwavering trust in Him, we are as immovable as Mount Zion; no matter what goes on around us, we will not be shaken.
Our Refuge and Strength
Many of the other Psalms open with a description of the crisis faced by the Psalmist. Psalm 46 begins with God’s provision:
· Of God Himself as a place of refuge, as the cities of refuge protected the fugitive in Israel.
· Of God Himself as the strength of His people; being strong for them and in them.
God alone is our refuge and strength, not God plus something or someone else.
And God Himself is our help. Not from a distance, but a very present help – He is present; with us. In fact – within us. You don’t get closer than that!
“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;” What a promise to rest in!
To be moved, means: easily influenced, taken in by, affected, inclined, sensitive to, vulnerable, pushed over, swayed, impelled, motivated, stirred up emotionally or mentally. We are so easily moved by what is happening around us. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Of course we know that the “she” spoken of here, is Jerusalem. God was in “her” midst and His very presence in the Tabernacle assured His people victory.
So how then does this promise apply to us today? Romans 8:31 comes to mind, in which Paul asks, “if God is for us, who can be against us?” The implication, of course, is “No one!”
Paul then asks, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” again, the implication being “no one!”
As he lists many disasters and hardships and could occur in a persons lifetime, Paul answers his own question with – “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39 ESV)
“In all these things”: The Word of God doesn’t promise us that we will have a life free from pressures, stress, famines, hardships and even death. But the absolute truth is that none of these things can separate us from His love. Whatever might occur externally, those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ and no one else are more than conquerors! Not because of ourselves, but because of His unwavering love. Because He dwells in us.
Be Still (and Know!)
Returning to Psalm 46, remember that the Psalm begins with God. It also ends with Him. In fact Psalm 46 is all about the Lord! It isn’t focused on the problems, but on the Sovereign Lord, the one who is mighty to save.
In a powerful conclusion, the Lord speaks through the Psalmist to a nation threatened by many enemies, bringing them these words: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Be still, child of God, and put your trust in God. He is the one we exalt. There is no one else like Him! He will be your refuge and strength. He is in the midst of you, and because He is not shaken, you will not be shaken!