THE LORD – THE SAFETY OF HIS PEOPLE
“They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion.” The emphasis lies upon the OBJECT of their trust, namely, Jehovah the Lord. What a privilege to be allowed to repose in God! How condescending is Jehovah to become the confidence of His people! To trust elsewhere is vanity; and the more implicit such misplaced trust becomes the more bitter will be the ensuing disappointment; but to trust in the living God is sanctified common sense which needs no excuse, its result shall be its best vindication. There is no conceivable reason why we should not trust in Jehovah, and there is every possible argument for so doing; but, apart from all argument, the end will prove the wisdom of the confidence.
The result of faith is not occasional and accidental; its blessing comes, not to some who trust, but to ALL who trust in the Lord. Trusters in Jehovah shall be as fixed, firm, and stable as the mount where David dwelt; and where the ark abode. To move mount Zion was impossible, the mere supposition was absurd.
“Which cannot be removed, but abideth forever.” Zion was the image of eternal steadfastness—this hill which, according to the Hebrew, “sits to eternity,” neither bowing down nor moving to and fro. Thus does the trusting worshiper of Jehovah enjoy a restfulness which is the mirror of tranquility; and this not without cause, for his hope is sure, and of his confidence he can never be ashamed.
As the Lord sits King forever, so do His people sit enthroned in perfect peace when their trust in Him is firm. This is, and is to be our portion; we are, we have been, we shall be as steadfast as the hill of God. Zion cannot be removed, and does not remove; so, the people of God can neither be moved passively nor actively, by force from without or fickleness from within. Faith in God is a settling and establishing virtue; He who by His strength sets fast the mountains, by that same power stays the hearts of them that trust in Him. This steadfastness will endure “forever,” and we may be assured therefore that no true believer shall perish either in life or in death, in time or in eternity. We trust in an eternal God, and our safety shall be eternal.
“As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from hence forth even forever.” [Ps 125:2] The hill of Zion is the type of the believer’s constancy, and the surrounding mountains are made emblems of the all-surrounding presence of the Lord. The mountains around the holy city, though they do not make a circular wall, are, nevertheless, set like sentinels to guard her gates. God does not enclose His people within ramparts and bulwarks, making their city to be a prison; but yet He so orders the arrangements of His providence that His saints are as safe as if they dwelt behind the strongest fortifications.
What a double security are verses 1-2 of Psalm 125! First, we are ESTABLISHED, and then ENTRENCHED: SETTLED, and then SENTINELED: made like a mount, and then PROTECTED as if by mountains. This is no matter of poetry, it is so in fact; and it is no matter of temporary privilege, but it shall be so FOREVER!
Date when we please, “from henceforth” Jehovah encircles His people: look on us as far as we please, the protection extends “even forever.”
Note, it is not said that Jehovah’s power or wisdom defends believers, but HE HIMSELF is round about them: they have His person for their protection, His Godhead for their guard. We are here taught that the Lord’s people are those who trust Him, for they are thus described in the first verses: the line of faith is the line of grace, those who trust in the Lord are chosen of the Lord. Verses 1-2 together prove the eternal safety of the saints: they must abide where God has placed them, and God must forever protect them from all evil. It would be difficult to imagine greater safety than is here set forth. Amen!