Those Who Trust in God Will Not Be Moved
I woke up this morning at the beach (pictured above). It has been wonderful to get away for a few days to rest and spend time with my kids. I’m looking out over the water as I write and I see a bunch of red buoys in the water – marking the line where it is safe and unsafe to swim. The buoys are bobbing up and down but never moving from the place where they have been anchored. The wind is moving, the water is moving, the sand is moving – but the buoys are not.
Sometimes the difficulties of life move us and make us unsettled, restless, uncertain and unstable. But God’s word tells us that those who trust in God, will not be moved.
Charles Spurgeon once said:
“It is a good thing to understand much, and to trust in the Lord with growing knowledge, but, dear soul, if you do not know much, yet if you are trusting in the Lord, you shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed.”
It is good to know God’s word and continually study it to know more but even if you do not know it well – yet you are trusting in God – you will be strong. When bad news comes and trials hit – you are not alone! God is with you and he will sustain you.
Who or what are you trusting in today?
It is tempting to trust in things this world offers – our money, our relationships, our abilities or our own strength rather than in God. But when you know that God has a plan and a purpose for your life, struggles can push you toward your purpose rather than leaving you down, defeated and depressed.
Multiple times in life, I’ve had the rug pulled out from under me and every time, I have found that God is the rock right under the rug. He has kept me standing when I was afraid. He has kept me standing when I was worn down and tired. He has kept me standing on days when I’d rather just give up. And if you trust in him – I can say with certainty, God is faithful and he will help you too.
Let’s take a look at Psalm 125 together.
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.
In verse 1, those who trust in God are compared to Mount Zion – a mountain that cannot be moved and will last forever.
Then in verse 2, God is compared to the mountains that surround Jerusalem. It says that he surrounds his people like the mountains surround Jerusalem.
If you feel surrounded by problems and difficulties, I want you to reread verse 2 and put your name in it. “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds (insert your name) from this time forth and forevermore.”
God is not just beside you, but he goes before you and behind you – he surrounds you. He is with you always! And even when everything is falling apart, you can trust in him and keep going.
I know how sometimes it can feel like he is absent but our feelings can be misleading. God says he is with us – and so we must trust God’s word, that what he promises is true. God is with us!
Verses 3-5 say:
3 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.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
and to those who are upright in their hearts!
5 But those who turn aside to their crooked ways
the Lord will lead away with evildoers!
Peace be upon Israel!
Verse 3 says that the those who trust in the Lord have a land allotted to them. This is talking about our future inheritance in heaven that is kept safe and secure for us. Though the wicked or crooked may prosper here on earth, we have nothing to fear because those who trust in the Lord have a secure inheritance in heaven. No man can take that away.
The word crooked in verse 5 means devious and is in contrast to being straight or upright. Those who are crooked and do devious things – the Lord will not bless in eternity. And so we do not need to give way to fear when the news on television is bad and evil seems to be winning. God is with his people forever – here on earth and in heaven!
Have you trusted in Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord and repented of your sins? Then your inheritance in heaven is secure. The power of sin in your life has been broken and the Lord is with you always.
Do not worry.
Do not be afraid.
Do not be shaken by the trials of this world.
No matter what comes your way in life, trust God.
Like the buoys in the water – do not let the wind and waters move you.
For a believer there is no seperation from God – he is with us here and in heaven forever!
I don’t know what troubles you may be facing today, but I pray that this would be said of us – in the midst of good times and bad, we trust in the name of the Lord our God and are not moved.
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“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds Carolyn from this time forth and forevermore.”
Thank you Courtney ????????❤
Thank you, Courtney, that is so good! We live by the sea and there are buoys put out in the summer to stop boats coming into the swimming area so I can relate to that powerful image. Helen Shapiro sings a great song called ‘As the mountains’ and it is uses the words of Psalm 125 verse 2 and ‘like Mount Zion in the midst of Jerusalem we cannot be moved’.
I so needed to read these words today. I am a widow with my youngest son (20 yrs old) still living with me and he is a prodigal diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Unknown to him or my older kids I’m starting testing to determine if cancer has returned to the right side of my body that my physical symptoms seem to indicate. I know God has a plan and is in control; but my thoughts are all over the place…He knew I would see this today. Thank you Courtney!
Praying for you and your family. I am soon to be a widow also.
Hi there .. sister in Christ . My name is Angela and I to am a widow .. my husband passed away 3 1/2 years ago and my 30 year old son is battling a brain tumor for the second time our family has gone through so much. I don’t know how I got connected with women living well but I am so great but I did. I am praying for you and your sister you are not alone ????????❤️????♀️????
Such powerful truths for us to remember. As I was reading your post, the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” came to mind. Enjoy your time at the beach. It looks beautiful 🙂
Courtney, your reflections on this study are so very helpful to me in keeping my eyes set on Jesus thru this time in our world. Thank you. I have recently been feeling very torn about the measures being taken by government regarding COVID 19. It is hard for me to know what is just and what is crooked with regard to precautions in public and among even loved ones. My husband and I are at different levels of comfort with the ‘guidelines’ and that presents difficulties when family & friends ask to gather. Today’s psalm was a great comfort & a reminder to bring my heart to God on these matters more and more. God bless!
Excellent article! Other than prayer, which soothes my soul, what devices do we have trying to survive while having to witness all the tragedy in the world today. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see, particularly since it’s in our faces practically every second?
This is an important question, for me it’s doing the next step. After prayer comes action! Doing something to be a part of the blessing that brings change! I’ve done special hand written notes to people I know going through rough times, get well notes or a small blessing for a neighbor. Volunteering at food pantry’s. Ask God what you should do now that you’ve prayed. It may seem small when looking at the size of the world but it means treasure in the kingdom of God!
God Bless you Courtney for helping us study God’s word and helping us along the way.
God is good! Walk with the King!
So needed for my heart today. Prayers for my marriage appreciated. Two sinners can be a tough pairing. Thank God all marriages are made up of the same, He has handled it all before and will again. My loving God has me surrounded.
Thank you for the encouragement today.
This is so beautifully written as a example of today’s reading and outline in scripture …let us all look today and find something to remind us of his surroundings his protection over us with every step we take in him as he leads our day!
Thank you Courtney for this post. I’ve been so discouraged with what is going on in our country. I have taken a break from everything, even praying. Hopeless is what I have been feeling with the future of our country. Thanks for reminding me that God is with us and for us and what happens here is not what we should focus on. We don’t know His plan but we should trust that He’ll be with us through it. I just keep on praying… Blessings to you, Courtney and to America!
Thank you for your constant work and commitment to bring God’s word to us! Reminding us that we are never out of reach of his love, protection, and grace! The first part of this post reminded me of the very first time I read the poem Footsteps in the Sand. Even now when I think about the ending when he says that it was the difficult times when there was only one set of prints that’s when he carries us, I get emotional. May God bless you and bring you peace and joy!
I’m interested in the first 100 psalms. I remember you had a link or links to them. I would appreciate your help with this. Jean
Hi Jean! Here are the links–