“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.” As Jews from distant lands made their way to the temple in Jerusalem, they sang the words of the psalms. They trusted in the God who inhabits the praises of His people. Worship of the Almighty gave them hope and stability.
The Lord would be their protection “from this time forth and forevermore.” They looked forward to a new day when a righteous King would reign over the Promised Land forever. The perfect society would not come to Israel through their own presumptuous use of force. The Lord Himself would “do good” to those who were good.
But how would God’s people ever become “upright in heart.” The history of Israel and Judah provided ample testimony that the Lord’s assembly needed a stable source of obedience. Even a good generation was soon followed by a wicked one. It did not take many years for people to “turn aside to their evil ways.”
God Himself would have to bring eternal holiness to the Land. The one Messiah King who was truly upright in heart and life would work salvation for the people. He would take away the debt of their wickedness through His death and rise again as the eternal Ruler over a resurrected Israel. When Jesus returns He will bring the fullest peace to His people. “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Prayer from A Book of Prayers
Lord God, we do trust in You. Make us to stand firm in Jesus Christ. Surround us and protect us. Cause us to live in obedience in the strength that comes from Your grace. By Your mercy bring Your church peace forever.