This ode sings a blessed description of God's children.
Earnest prayer is the fitting conclusion.
1. "Those who trust in the Lord shall be as Mount
Zion, which cannot be removed, but abides forever."
It is the blessing of blessings to put all trust in God.
Those who thus cling to Him shall never be cast off. Perils may surround
them, but hostile might shall not prevail. As easily might puny man cast
down the loftiest mountains as adverse power shake the firm stability of
this faith. May this trust nerve us in the Christian warfare!
2. "As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the
Lord is round about His people from henceforth, even forever."
Jerusalem was guarded by natural barriers. Surrounding
mountains spread protecting arms. This image shows the safety of God's
people. On all sides He stands their sure protection. He must be removed or
vanquished before an adversary can touch them. Our life is hidden with
Christ in God. Can safety be more safe?
3. "For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the
lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto
Hostile might may often rage against the righteous. Foes
may threaten to trample them beneath their feet. But God will check the
overbearing enmity. If trials should long prevail there might be peril, lest
the spirits of the righteous should faint. Fear of desertion might open the
door to many doubts. But all such danger is averted by the hand of God. His
ready help restores confiding hope.
4. "Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to
those who are upright in their hearts."
Believers are described as good. The name is explained by
the Spirit as implying the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and of faith. It is
proof that no deception is harbored in their hearts. Prayer is made that God
would visit them with goodness. This prayer indited by the Spirit amounts to
a heavenly promise that they shall receive such honor.
5. "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."
Transition of scene shows the deceitful followers of evil
led forth by God to merited execution, while the true Israel rejoice in
abundant peace. May this happy state be our glad portion! Grant it, Heavenly
Father, for Your love's sake, in Christ Jesus.