Day 8

The Christian Is Secure in God’s Care



Psalm 125:1-5

BY She Reads Truth

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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  1. CC says:

    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!

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      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

    2. Genesis Maas says:

      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 (:

    3. Tamara says:

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

    4. Rebecca C. Holder says:

      You posted 3 months ago so you may not see this. I am facing a decision to go full time and I feel very fearful that I will make the wrong path and compromise my role as a mother who is pleasing to God. This was encouraging to me. God can use anything and never gives up. Just praying my heart is in the right place. Thank you for sharing.

      1. Julie says:

        Rebecca, so strange I’ve just read this but I’m in exactly the same boat. I’m going full time in a job that I believe I’ll love but can’t help but feel severe mummy-guilt as well. Having to believe that God opens doors and is in control of all of my life’s paths

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