Are you noticing a theme, as we walk this path of ascent toward Jerusalem with our Lord?
These psalms ascribe to Him the glory and praise He is most worthy of, but they also remind us of His intimate care and concern for us; His beloved children.
A Song of Ascents. 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. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong. Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts! But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!PsAlm 125:1-5
In this psalm we have three promises:
- Those who trust in God, their hearts shall be firmly established by faith. Psalm 112:7
- Those who trust in God shall be safe, under His protection. v. 2 and Job 1:10 They shall be safe forevermore, for God’s covenant with His people cannot be broken. Isa 54:10
- God will not allow more than we can bear. Some debate this promise but consider this, the troubles we endure here in this world cannot reach our souls. I can only speak from personal experiences, but mine have led me to agree with Matthew Henry’s belief that,
“God considers the frame of His people, and will proportion their trials to their strength by the care of His providence, as well as their strength to their trials by the power of His grace.”
As we move closer to Passion Week, let us consider the steps of our Lord as He made His way to Calvary. At Calvary, we see the full and final proof of God’s great love for us. Proof that He truly does not give us more than we can bear, for we could never bear our sin before a Holy and Righteous God.
And so, Christ bore our sin for us, freeing us to live with Him, surrounded by His love and protection, forevermore.
Let us lift our voices in prayer and praise to Him Who is able to do exceedingly more than we could ever hope or imagine.