“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalm 125:1-2
“The righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:6-7
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Like a mountain. Unmoved, abiding forever, surrounded from this time forth and forevermore. Surely these describe strength, stability, security beyond any we humans can fathom or put into place. The solid promise is that those who trust in the Lord are immovable, strong, established on earth and touching the heavens.
If this is true, which God’s word is- He does not lie but every word spoken is backed by unchanging righteous and the sufficient might to fulfill- why do we spend so much time wrangling in fear? Afraid of danger, afraid of sickness, afraid of failure, afraid of being exposed. Afraid for our children, afraid for our country, afraid for our future, afraid for our health. Afraid of pain, afraid of uncertainty, afraid of being cheated, afraid of death. We are surrounded by the Lord, and He is on our side and rules eternally from His perfect throne. Why do we outright disobey His consistent command not to fear? (Deuteronomy 31:6; Isaiah 41:10; John 6:20; Romans 8:31-39)
What moves us to quaking that should be moving us to Jesus? When will we start taking the Lord at His word, and taking that word to battle? Into hard circumstances beyond our control, into strained relationships, anxieties, and incapacities?
“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in God’s excellent Word!
What more can be said than to you God hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
‘Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
for I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
‘When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
for I will be near thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
‘When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
my grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.
‘The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.'” George Keith (1787)
Father, in every activity and proclivity, may my heart devotion and faith be unmoved. Keep my soul firm as a mountain, grounded in You and always touching heaven.