Our Confidence is in the Lord

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. -Psalm 125:1

October brings to mind the Reformation, Dr. Martin Luther, and his courageous stand in the face of death for the truth of his faith. Many have wondered how one man could take such an immovable position in light of great opposition. Surely, knowing the answer could have an impact on our individual and corporate life.

It is in this light we focus on the amazing words of the Psalmist. It says that those who put their confidence in the Lord, who truly believe in him and live in this assurance, are like Mount Zion. It doesn’t say they should be or will be like Mount Zion, but they are like Mount Zion. In God’s sight it is already true.

They are said to be like Mount Zion in two specific ways: 1) they cannot be moved, and 2) they abide forever. A mountain is the epitome of an object that cannot be moved. When Jesus wanted to illustrate something that was humanly impossible, He spoke of moving mountains. Mount Zion was particularly immovable because it was surrounded by other mountains.

Trust in the Lord and his never-ending grace similarly makes a Christian secure, solid, and steady so that nothing can shake him or her. We need not be threatened by the difficult circumstances of life, the sudden changes brought on by tragedy or even natural disaster. Our confidence in God can be that strong. This is especially so if we are part of a group of Christians who trust in the Lord together.

Furthermore, the cross of Jesus Christ proclaims that we will abide forever with the Lord. Our security is not in this life only, but even more in the life that is to come, when our trust will turn to sight and we shall live in his presence forever.

Any mountain would have been sufficient to give this sense of security, but this is Mount Zion. This is “his holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, the joy of all the earth” (Psalm 48:2). This is Mount Zion, “the city of the great King.” It is his dwelling place. We are secure because “the great King” lives in and among us. Through our trust in the Lord we can be individually and corporately lifted up to be the joy of the whole earth.

Again, in Revelation, just when Satan appears to have taken over the whole earth, the spotlight of heaven suddenly swings around and there on Mount Zion stands the victorious Lamb surrounded by the armies of heaven (Revelation 14:1). Mount Zion is where God reveals his overcoming power. It is where Jesus stands ready to accomplish the ultimate victory. If we are “like Mount Zion” then we are the place where Jesus’ victory is secure and where He stands, awaiting the time of His unveiling to the world. This is truly an amazing statement.

Now and again, we need to be reminded of who God is, what he has done for us, is doing for us, and will do for us, and how confident we can be in him. No wonder Peter writes, “the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself establish, strengthen, and settle you” (I Peter 5:10).

Prayer: Thank you, Father, that in Jesus you will never fail us nor forsake us. Amen

In His Peace, Pastor Schultz

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