Today's Scripture: Psalm 125
"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!"
The psalm may be interpreted thus; Mt. Zion is the holy Christian church in both Testaments. It is the people of God who are made righteous by hearing the promise of the Savior’s sacrifice for their sin and believing it. On this holy mountain there is stability, strength, and steadfast love from God. His Word builds the walls. His Promises establish the palisades and gates that shut the enemies out. The scepter of wickedness is the devil’s dominion of fear, sin, and death. He has no power on Mount Zion. His scepter is smashed and useless. Jesus reigns here. His scepter gives forgiveness, life, and salvation to his saints. He makes them righteous and upright in heart.
“Give peace to your Israel, O Lord, and keep us in your Son’s kingdom.” Amen.