Psalm 125 – God’s protection of his elect
Posted: 28 September 2014 in Psalms

They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity. Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.

This psalm, I suppose, can be read as a metaphor for God’s protection of his elect. The Lord will not allow his will for their salvation to be frustrated, and so believers can rest in the knowledge that they will be protected from the worst excesses of their own sinful nature, from the temptations of the world, and from the wiles of the Devil. Most importantly, those who have been given ears to hear, will be taught of God through his inspired Word, and come to Christ (John 6.45). In terms of the metaphor, this divinely imparted knowledge perhaps corresponds to one aspect of the mountains surrounding Jerusalem. Those who live under God’s protection will assuredly be brought to the salvation which the Lord appointed for them prior to the foundation of the world.

And yet the final verse of this psalm appears to speak of believers who do turn aside from God. Clearly God’s will to save the elect cannot be frustrated, and so the verse must therefore refer to those whose presumption leads them to manufacture a counterfeit of the faith which is only obtainable as a gift from God. They ought to humbly beseech the Lord for that gift, but their pride and their sin prevents them from doing so. When it is said that God will lead forth the workers of iniquity, therefore, that must refer to the just punishment awaiting those whose faith is counterfeit, and reveals itself to be so.

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