Sunday, November 27, 2011

Surrounded by the Lord





Scripture

Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
(Psalms 125:1 NASB)
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.
(Psalms 125:2 NASB)

Observation

One of the surest things in this world is a mountain! Just this week, sadly, a pilot learned that you cannot fly into a mountain, for the mountain will not be moved! The Lord is reminding His people that if they will simply put their trust in Him, they will be like a mountain. They will be strong and firm, and yet that is not all, for in this state they will also be surrounded by the Lord. The Lord Himself will be stronger than one mountain, but rather will be as the mountains which surround Jerusalem. God's children will not be left alone, but rather will be surrounded day in and day out by His mighty presence.

Application

What more could we want, but to be surrounded by the Lord? The promises of God are great but they all rest upon whether or not we serve Him, our Lord, in obedience! If we fail to serve Him out of an obedient heart, we will fail. We will no longer be surrounded by Him, or be provided protection by Him, but rather, we will be left bare and fodder for the enemy.

Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever felt that all protection was gone and you were stripped bare to face the world and everything that could be thrown your way? If so, it's because you have left the protection of the Lord on high! He is a mountain -- He does not move. We are the ones who move away and suddenly we find that we have wandered out of that place of protection and we are holding on and barely surviving. What must we do? We must get back into the center of God's will, into a life of holy obedience, and not be moved by the things of this world. Spend time daily in His holy presence and allow Him to draw you to the place where He can again surround you and you will be protected forever.

Prayer

Lord, please help me to be obedient and to remain in the center of your protective mountains. Amen.

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