This Weeks Meditation:  “Surrounded”
Read: Psalm 125

As I read this Psalm this morning I wondered if Mount Zion High School has ever considered using verse 1 as their motto, it says, “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”  That’s better than any school fight song I have heard.

All kidding aside, this Psalm is a wonderful comfort for us when we are going through a difficult time in life.  Maybe it is fear, anger, disappointment, or an attack that you are under right now.  This Psalm reminds us that the Lord is surrounding his people now and forevermore.

It says that the wicked will not win against the righteous, and it reminds those who are righteous to not use their hands to do evil.  In other words, trust in the Lord for deliverance and not in your own power, strength, or attacks on others.

Henry Law, when referring to the Lord once said, “His center is everywhere, His circumference is nowhere.”  God is present everywhere if we will look for him and trust in him to help us in our greatest hours of need.  He will not leave you or forsake you.

St. Patrick’s prayer says it well:  “Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me;  Christ to comfort and restore me; Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”

The 125th Psalm is a testimony to all of the above.  It is a reminder that we are surrounded by Christ in every aspect of our lives.  The good, the bad, the difficult is what he wants to help us with.  In the last verse the Psalmist says, “Peace be upon Isreal.”  Take that and put your name in place of Israel today.  “Peace be upon (your name)!”  That is the Lord’s proclamation over your life this week!

Make it personal:  What is your greatest challenge this week?  Name it, and remind it that your are surrounded by God and it will not overcome you.  You are a child of God and this Psalm says, “The Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.”

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church