Songs for the Road: The Psalms of Ascent: Day 8

The Christian Is Secure in God’s Care

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Today's Text: Psalm 125:1-5

Scripture Reading: Psalm 125

The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. As Eugene Peterson said, we are pilgrims, but we are also disciples—always moving and always learning. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. In this 3-week reading plan, we are digging into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.

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Psalm 125 (CSB)
ISRAEL’S STABILITY
A song of ascents.

1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion.
It cannot be shaken; it remains forever.
2 The mountains surround Jerusalem
and the LORD surrounds his people,
both now and forever.
3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
so that the righteous will not apply their hands to injustice.
4 Do what is good, LORD, to the good,
to those whose hearts are upright.
5 But as for those who turn aside to crooked ways,
the LORD will banish them with the evildoers.

Peace be with Israel.

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A Song of Belonging
The pilgrim-disciple sings of our security in God’s care. The Lord holds His scepter, and no one can wrest it from His hand.

This is a humble song because it acknowledges the truth that our hope is secure—not because we are strong, but because God is. But in this song, we also confess that we need God’s intervention to keep us and hold us. We are likely to take up the scepter of wickedness and govern our own lives in evil, self-serving ways if He doesn’t stay our hand.

Reflect
1. Do you worry about ruining your life by making a wrong decision or committing a particular transgression? How fragile or stable do you think your own life is? Why?

2. What does it mean for God to be our King? How does His rule govern the world we live in? How does He govern us as individuals?

3. In what ways do you need God to intervene in your life and govern you? In what ways has He already done this for you?

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  • I have CONSTANTLY worried that I’ll make the wrong decision and ruin my life or miss God’s plan for me. I think it’s a fear that developed in me at a young age as a perfectionist and also in a family that overemphasized the importance of not making “wrong” decisions. I have always planned my life out to be a series of “right” decisions, resulting in the best possible result. And yet, just recently, I’ve begun to see how God’s grace covers over all. I WILL make wrong decisions and some may even feel as if they ruin my life (or at least an opportunity). Ironically, some of those “right” decisions may have actually been wrong because of my heart and attitude going into them. But only our God could take our mistakes, our wrong decisions, our stubborn heart and continue to transform us through them. God will not give up on us, will not abandon us, will not stop loving us based on a wrong decision. The Gospel means grace covers over ALL – past, present and future bad decisions! Thank goodness!

    • She Reads Truth

      CC, this was beautiful and so encouraging. Thank you for sharing this piece of your heart with us this morning. So grateful for you and your words and to have you as a member of this community.

      – Stormye

    • Genesis Maas

      This really blessed me this morning. I struggle with trying to always be a “perfect christian” and now more than ever raising my three small children.

      I have to seriously remind myself about grace.
      Thank you so much for this reminder (:

    • Tamara

      Thank you for sharing. This means a lot to me today to be reminded that Gods grace covers all my mistakes.

  • Keri McCue

    Verse three reminds me that I am God’s child. And because I am His child, evil has no authority over me. This is a reminder I needed this morning. I need the confidence that comes from knowing this verse and living it out as truth in my life!

    http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  • Elizabeth

    I have this Psalm marked in my Bible, dated 7/18/06. I think back over the last 11 years at how my life has changed. In 2006, I had just graduated high school & was about to embark on the unknown of college. Over the years my relationships have changed, my plans for career changed. I’ve lived in different places, met so many different people. Now, I live in a different part of the state, I’m married, I’ve been in my career for over 7 years and live a life I truly love but one that is so different from life on 7/18/06. I didn’t have a clue what God had in store for my life 11 years ago. Today, I have no idea what the next 11 years hold. But this psalm reminds me that I have always been held. Because of God’s strength, I have not and will not be shaken from his grasp. His care has kept me through life’s changes. This reminder is motivation to grow deeper in my relationship with Him, to learn more about Him. Funny how a simple date scribbled on the page (I have no idea why I dated it!) made this passage so relevant.

    • April Heather

      I absolutely love this! What a brilliant idea to date a scripture. And how insightful. I’m so impressed that you were doing that as such a young woman.

  • Melody Suarez

    It’s so crazy that we are susceptible to the “evil self-serving ways” that it talks about in this passage. I feel like I constantly have to remind myself each day that it’s not about me and that it is actually about serving others wherever I go. Last time our pastor talked about how having a self serving heart is actually a reflection of your heart believing that there is not enough blessing to go around. I just hope that God transforms my heart in serving others on a day to day basis because my heart knows that his blessings are infinite ❤️

  • Diane Huntsman

    If I am not daily reliant upon the sustainer of my life to empower me to make wise decisions, to run from evil, and to recognize my ever so weak weaknesses.. I’ll for certain make one mess after another.. oh I need Thee oh I need Thee every hour I need Thee.. the first step into catastrophe is not recognizing our great need for His help all day everyday..

    • Emily B.

      I like what you said about not recognizing our need to God’s help being the first step into catastrophe. It definitely puts things in the right perspective for me! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kristine L

      I recognized myself in your words immediately. I don’t rely on God. I welcome His help, sure. I’m glad He has my back (and my future, come to that) but in the day to day, I adopt my three year old’s attitude of “I can do it myself!”

  • Melinda Hier-Goetz

    I don’t worry about my eternal life because I know I’m forgiven and saved. But I worry that my wrong decisions will ruin my life while I’m here. That’s the simple answer of course. I ask for God to bless my life, my family but then I don’t always take the best action. I know I have to do my part. So I keep looking to Him and asking for help and guidance and the will to submit to His will.

  • Wow — well yes, I have had definite worries about making wrong decisions that will ruin my life in one way or another. But then I realize that we are all a work in progress and God works through our wrong decisions to bring about his perfect will. I don’t need to worry that my wrong decision will thwart his plan for my life. I am not more powerful than God and he knows the wrong decisions I’ll make in my lifetime. I just need to trust in him, walk by his side, telling myself truth continuously. For it is truth that sets us free and He is truth.

  • In talking about how God is King and how He surrounds His people both now and forever more, the image of a moat came to mind. A deep, wide ditch was dug and typically filled with water to surround a castle, fort, or town as a defense against attack. In the same manner yet so much more, the Lord surrounds us and hems us in both now and forever more. What an awesome and blessed assurance.

  • I needed this so much today. My marriage is in shambles and I have given the battle over to God, but I struggle a lot with wanting to try to control. The past year brought our first child born overseas (we’re military), moving back to the US with an infant, a new base where I struggle without a support system, and career decisions for my husband. It has proved most difficult and stressful and during those moments I let my wickedness arise and let Satan control my tongue in emotional arguments. My husbands heart is hardened and he has walked out on our 1 year old and myself, and filed for divorce. I have given my battle and my complete trust to the Lord, because I know I cannot fight it alone. I struggle daily with wanting to grab my “scepter” and take control. To send him scripture and convince him to let us come back home. But I know that my hope and faith in God are secure, and only He can direct us. He has already led so many interventions and even though paperwork was filed, it was unable to be delivered, TWICE, and the proceeding is being held up. I believe that the Lord does not intend for this, even though the world would tell me a reconciliation is impossible at this point. I’m praying daily, hourly, for my husband and my marriage. I am Mount Zion, with unshaken trust in the Lord.

    • Melanie

      I am praying for you Emmy and your husband. right now. Nothing is bigger than GOD.

    • Tee

      Praying for you Emmy!! I hope you will keep us updated on what happens.
      God is in control!

    • Anavi

      Lifting you, your husband and your marriage up in prayer. I understand the difficulties that military life brings on to a marriage as I have faced them as well. prayer and digging into God’s word really helped us in the midst of the battles. I recommend the book “the power of a praying wife” by Stormie Omartian. In it she says “The power that resurrected Jesus is the very same power that will resurrect the dead places of your marriage and put life back into it”

      • Emmy

        Thank you! I love the quote “Never underestimate the power of a praying wife” and I lean on that and His word. And thank you for the book recommendation I will definitely check it out! The SRT community has overwhelmed me with love and support and you all and your prayers are a true blessing

        • Melissa

          Emmy, I’m behind on this plan, but I am praying for you. “The Power of a Praying Wife” was life changing for me. After reading that book and spending much time in prayer, I witnessed God change my husband and save our broken, on the brink of divorce, marriage.

    • Chrisy

      Praying for you! ❤️

      • Emmy

        I cannot express my gratitude for the outpouring of prayers from complete strangers. Thank you so much Chrisy!

    • Alexis

      Praying for reconciliation between you and your husband. “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

    • RondaGale

      I have prayed for you and your marriage before today, not by name but in my “often” prayers for our military men and women, for hearts to be comforted for those separated from their loved one, their relationships and marriages, and healings- emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and relational. Thank you for your service and know my continued prayers for you, Emmy, and your marriage and family.

      • Emmy

        What a blessing to know that I have been prayed for, even before my need arises. You are so kind and I thank you truly for your prayers and support!

    • amylou

      Praying for you and your marriage, Emmy. I hope you take hope and courage in seeing God’s hand work through this time, and I pray He will renew life into your marriage. He is the one to soften even the hardest of hearts!

    • Sandy W.

      You will be in my prayers Emmy. May the Lord give you strength and guidance. Lots of hugs!

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you, your husband and your sweet child in the midst of this turbulent time. Thank you for being brave and sharing this with us. Please know we care so deeply for you and are grateful to have you in this SRT community.

      – Stormye

      • Emmy

        This is such a wonderful community that I feel so blessed to be a part of. The outpouring of prayers and encouragement has brought me to tears. Thank you all!

    • churchmouse

      Adding my prayers to all the others. May you feel our Father’s presence in powerful ways so that you know to never walk alone. Praying for healing of hearts, minds and emotions of you both.

    • Missy

      Praying for you Emily, that God might soften your husbands heart and turn it tender back to Him first and in turn to you and your daughter!

      • Emmy

        This is my exact prayer! That God will soften his heart so that he can let Him in first, and be led back to us. Your prayers, for a complete stranger, have been so amazing to me. Thank you!

    • Mel

      Praying for you and your husband!! ❤️

    • Emmy

      I just wanted to personally thank each and every one of you who have so generously not only taken a moment to pray for my marriage, but to also comment your encouraging words. I have never reached out on a platform like this and it was humbling to do so, but also one of the most positively overwhelming things I have ever experienced. The SRT community is a beautiful thing. Thank you all again

  • Ashley @ Grazing with Grace

    Wow. I really needed this reminder today and God is setting it up in multiple places. I let me worry overcome him by not trusting. I know that my future is directed by God and He will never forsake or leave me behind. It’s just very hard to shut that sinful nature off. I need to be better at directing my thoughts! Thank you for another great spur in the right direction!

  • After what I’ve gone through personally, I’m not saying I’ll be able to get through tough or serious moments easily, however, if God was able to intervene in my darkest days, I know I’ll be able to overcome whatever life throws at me. I’ve learned that life is not what it seemed to be when I was a little girl and to make it, you have to be strong and have faith. However, as long as you have one of those two things, the journey may be difficult but possible. To have faith is the one you need to possess and how amazing it is to have faith in a God who gives us these wonderful gifts such as security. I’m human so I have moments where I begin to doubt in certain situations but I’ve reached a point where if I let myself be swallowed up by those thoughts, it’ll consume me completely and then will I actually ruin my life…but in those moments I repeat over and over again, “You are my provider, You are my peace, I am Your child and I am spoiled by You. I have no reason to fear. Everything is going to be ok.” No boulder can compare to Jesus being the Rock in my life ❤️

    • Emily B.

      Your words are ones we could all use to encourage us when things aren’t going well. Thank you for sharing your heart today!

  • Worry happens when I’m depending on self more than God. Thankfully, it’s also God’s reminder to lean not on my own understanding but to acknowledge Him… to plug into The Vine. When I seek Him, when I seek His strength to REMAIN in Him, I am stable.

    God is not a King as we know of Kings here on earth. His ways are higher than ours. He works all things together for our GOOD… not just our earthly comfort. He has eternity in mind.

    My greatest struggle tends to happen in my mind. Left on checked, it manifests outwardly. I am weak. But He is strong. He is faithful even when I am not. He calls FIRST… before I even THINK of Him. He sharpens my hearing to hear His still small voice. He gives me the strength and desire to hear, to do, or… NOT “to do”. He CALLED me and loved me first to be His, and He continues to do this daily… He is my strength and my Wisdom. The One constant that I would never recover from being without…

    • Katalina

      Beautifully said! I agree ❤️

    • Ashley

      Thank you Tammy! And you reminded me of Proverbs 3:5-6 which I need to focus more on!

    • Emily B.

      You’ve painted such a beautiful pictures with your words! Thank you for this encouragement.

    • Stephanie Rose

      I needed these reminders today. Thank you. I’m praying that I will be rooted in Christ not focused on what I’m thinking/ feeling or about my circumstances.

  • I need a King Who is unshakeable. This Psalm promises that when I trust in the Lord, I will be like Mount Zion – His holy, beloved city, where His presence dwells – unshaken and eternal. If I follow His governance over my life and place my trust wholly in this good and merciful King.

  • Christina

    My desires need governing. At our homegroup last night, we discussed the humility of John the Baptist (He must increase, I must decrease). John’s followers took offense that Jesus’ disciples were baptizing people like John had been baptizing people. John’s response was akin to this: “Guess what, friends? HE is who I’ve been talking about! This is what is *supposed* to happen! I’ve completed the work God sent me to do. Jesus has taken up His ministry. He’s the Messiah I’ve been proclaiming! He’s the groom, I’m the best man. This Truth we teach is not about me, just like the wedding day is not about the best man! You need to be paying attention to Him, too! I only know of earthly things, but He? He came from heaven! He knows heavenly things! It’s not about me!” We discussed the desires that led to the jealousy of John’s followers, the misunderstanding of what his ministry was about and how our desires lead to sinful responses, as well, if they are not in line with God’s purpose and plan. I’ve been having a few good weeks spiritually. Not great, but good. And I can feel myself getting too big for my spiritual britches. I see sinful desires in my heart borne of pride and the relief of some of the spiritual battle I had been facing the last couple of years. Obviously, I’m still human on this earth. I may have just come out of battle, but as a sojourner pilgrim disciple, that simply means another spiritual battle will soon arise. I’m so thankful the Lord is leading me to see my sin in the relief of the moment instead of letting me fall hard on false beliefs and attitudes that do not belong in my heart as His child. Happy Monday, sisters!

  • “…our hope is secure—not because we are strong, but because God is.”

    Wow. What a promise!

  • churchmouse

    If only I were like Mount Zion: unshakeable and remaining forever. I more often than not feel like I’m tossing in the wind with the most fragile tether. I long to trust wholeheartedly in the Lord in all things. At times my faith feels strong and deep. But there are other times when I feel insecure and unsure. I know my weaknesses and my sin nature. There is still darkness within that needs rooted out. How great would it be if the Holy Spirit would just wave a magic wand and remove longstanding habits and attitudes?! Dealing with life is plain hard. Yes, as the devotion says, I need God’s intervention to keep me and hold me. I’m grateful that He surrounds me. I am not like Mount Zion but He is. He is unshakeable. He remains forever. I just lean in and hold on. His strength becomes mine. The tether tightens.

  • Heather Legge

    I feel like my life is fragile in several ways. My health for one…I know no one knows the future except God, but I worry about leaving my children motherless. Also my life is fragile in that I am still stuck in a manipulative and controlling relationship with my ex-husband because he controls with me with the kids…paying extraordinary amounts of money to pay his way through court to “punish” me by maintaining full custody of our girls. I have literally no say over what happens with them and it scares me. It scares me that he can continue to control me like this and in doing so, hurts the girls who are at such tender ages. I struggle to trust God to take care of my girls and to nurture our relationship when I don’t get to see them often.

    • Dana

      Praying for you.

    • Julia

      Praying that God will make a way for you and bring you peace in the meantime.

    • Nancy

      Praying for God to give you peace and strength in your situation.

    • Emily Carson

      Praying for you and your girls Heather. Praying that this is redeemed and restored for you and your girls.

    • Caitie

      Praying for you!

    • Zoe

      Keep trusting Heather. I understand a little of what you are going through. I went through a bitter divorce 2/3 years ago and am now supporting my sister through a divorce also. Her husband is also fighting her for full custody of the children and he is an evil man. Who can understand why these men who promised to love and cherish us turn into such monsters? I am so blessed to be through to the other side. I can look back and see Gods hand in everything and the sisters in Christ He put around me who supported me through it. God is restoring everything to me and I even managed to take out a mortgage on a little house for me and the children this year, something I never believed possible. We were living with family for 2 years and it was hard. Remember God loves justice .. He hates robbery and iniquity. The enemy wants to steal everything from us, but what he really wants is our faith. Do not let him steal your faith, this is the only thing he really cares about. God will not leave us in the valley of the shadow of death, He brings us through to the other side. It may take time and be extremely painful, but with God you can rebuild. He is the God of restoration and works ALL things to our good, not some things. You are an overcomer, if all you can manage to do is breathe out ‘ Lord I trust you’ – keep saying it until faith and hope rises up again. This time will pass, you are stronger than you think. Keep fighting, keep forgiving (yes I know very difficult!!). and we are all praying that your children will be restored to you . And also for your health. God bless you dear sister xxx

    • Penny

      Heather, praying for you.

    • Tochi Heredia

      Praying for you, Heather. May you experience God as a loving mediator and unshakable king.

    • Allie Smith

      Oh heather, I am so sorry you are going through such a life-draining situation. Please know I am praying for you and your girls (& your ex) today….I just want to offer a little encouragement if I may. My siblings and I were in a somewhat similar situation as children. Yes, it is confusing and hard as a child…but my mom’s steadfastness and faith struck me as otherworldly and lovely, even at such a young age. She refused to treat my father the way he treated her. He didn’t allow us to go to church, so she taught us the word and took it very seriously that it was up to her. And oh….how she prayed. I don’t know how she did it, but even as us kids got to an age where we struggled with bitterness and rebellion, we could never do anything that would hurt my mom because of her unyielding love. I feel we are each stronger and more compassionate, and I personally have known God in a deeper way than I think I would have otherwise if I hadn’t gone through a very difficult childhood. Hold on to the promise that God is the True Father. Go through the Psalms with your sweet babies and teach them about all of the characteristics of God that your ex falls short in (He is our Rock, Our Comfort, Slow to Anger). God will work as your Protector and Provided just as He did for my mom…it was never easy, but all of us have such a good relationship now, and God even did a miracle in my dad (at 63 years old) and he is a kind man who loves his kids and my mom….it took that long, but God did it. Praying for you.

      • She Reads Truth

        Allie, I am blown away by your tender encouragement. Thank you so much for lifting up Heather so sweetly. You have touched my heart today as well.

        – Stormye

    • Kendra

      Praying for you, Heather.

    • Missy

      I’m so sorry. Praying for you heather.

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