Psalm 125 Commentary
The Security of God’s People
Believers are like Mount Zion; rock-solid and stable. They cannot be shaken. But what about the advantage that we see on the side of wickedness? They are in the driving seat. Things appear to go well for the wicked. They do not suffer pain; they are strong and healthy.
Then the psalmist provides an answer to the hugely important question. The wicked will not always rule over the land of the righteous; if they did, the righteous themselves might do evil. Verse 3.
Indeed, if they did, the righteous might ask: “Is it for nothing that I have kept myself pure and have not committed sin?”
An appearance of success is temporal. The wicked will not always rule over the land of the righteous, by order of the Sovereign God. The seed of righteousness and the desire for godliness that the Creator God planted in His people isn’t at all in vain.
Believers are like Mount Zion. This is the first picture. The second picture explains the first picture. Believers are like Mount Zion in terms of stability and endurance because they are surrounded by the rock-solid Mountain, the LORD Jesus Christ. It is a permanent fixture around the saint.
The “now and forevermore” in verse two may suggest the thought of everlasting life that the New Testament saint has come to know. The resurrection of the saints will answer another question that naturally follows the thought of living forever.
This psalm is reflecting on the essence of life itself. The LORD Jesus Christ didn’t come to simply change governments. From one set of hands to another set. It isn’t a simple swap of positions. In human terms, we talk of changing governments when we should be talking about changing the names of governors. Governments never change!
The LORD Jesus Christ comes to change governments. Consequently, the rule of the wicked comes to an end. And at the Creator God’s timing, even an appearance of the rule itself by the wicked will be wiped out completely. The saint is warned not to take sides with wickedness lest he or she gets the punishment due to the wicked.
In the meantime, the psalmist prays that the LORD does good to the righteous.
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