Written by King David, today’s text is a reminder to every generation. Three millennia later, it is still relevant to people of faith living in the 21st Century.
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 forever.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
On the land allotted to the righteous,
Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
And to those who are upright in their hearts.
David likens people of faith to the solid pinnacle of Mount Zion surrounded on all sides by mountainous terrain. Such people are immovable and surrounded by God’s protection.
Newsfeeds—focused on rioting in the streets, terrorism perpetrated against easy targets in unlikely places, government officials promoting unbiblical policies while stifling expressions of faith in the One-true God—may give the impression that evil and wickedness are prevailing in the world. But, media sources aren’t the last word.
David reminds that the dominion of wickedness is short lived. Righteousness will ultimately prevail. We have no reason to lose heart in the face of evil.
Despite circumstances, your faith can be strong because God has the situation completely under His control. Yes, there will be trials for every generation (Jn. 16:33). God, however, is faithful to all who trust Him (2 Sam. 22:31).
The prayer David included in this Psalm (that is part of the Songs of Ascent) is applicable to people of faith regardless of the period of history in which they live.
We should rightly pray that God would stifle evil (Mt. 6:13), but we must also pray, “Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts” (v. 4).
As you spend time in prayer today, don’t focus on evil in the world.
Recognize what God can do through righteous people of faith.
Pray that God will embolden you with success to actively communicate and live the principles of His Word in your day-to-day experience.
With God’s help, you can be, “like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Mount Zion in the distance as viewed from the Mount of Olives. Image, © Charles E. McCracken Ministries, image archives – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved, (emphasis added).