Scripture: Psalm 125
Key verses: (1-2; 5)
1 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 on and forevermore.
5 But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways
the LORD will lead away with evildoers.
Peace be upon Israel!
Reflection: Peace. It’s a big word that feels far away in today’s time, while simultaneously close. There is peace in my day-to-day life; I go to work, I visit with friends, I exercise. It’s generally quiet. However, there is also turmoil. I think of the hurricanes and typhoons and elections that cause flooding and lost homes and heightened emotions. There is peace, and also unrest.
This Psalm starts with a trust in the Lord, the Lord whose trust is like mountains that cannot be moved and surround us forever. It ends with a statement of peace: “Peace be upon Israel!” We can trust that God is with us as we long for peace, pray for peace, and declare peace. We are faithful citizens of God’s reign in our land.
We can trust in God in quiet times. We can also trust in God in times of turbulence. Our God is a peaceful God.
Prayer: Dear God, we are grateful for our trust as solid as a mountain. We thank you for comfort surrounding of us from this time on and forevermore. Grant us your peace, O God. Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].