Psalm 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.
We’re back to the theme of boundaries, which I preached on this past Sunday. However, this is more like a defensive perimeter than a limitation. When we are abiding in Christ, then nothing can reach us. (Psalm 91:9-10) That is true, yet it is also true that in this world we will have trouble. (John 16:33) This is the tension of living as spiritual beings in a material universe, declared righteous by the blood of Christ yet dealing with sin and repentance on a daily basis. We have neither the wisdom nor the strength to navigate this minefield successfully on our own, so we’ve got to walk in constant awareness of our dependence on God. Going back to this verse, people living in Jerusalem probably aren’t constantly aware of the mountains around them, but that doesn’t mean the mountains aren’t there. In the same way, we often aren’t aware of God around us, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t there. The point is to remember, and walk in grateful obedience. Part of our problem is that we don’t realize how bad things would be without God’s protection. When we take peace and prosperity for granted we lose immeasurably. One reason God allows trials in our lives is to teach us how good we really have it!
This certainly applies to me. I am incredibly blessed, yet I tend to take it for granted and get anxious about little details, complaining about one thing or another. I have no room for conceit, but need to seek and receive God’s direction and strength at every turn. That’s not a bad situation to be in! I need to remember at all times that He is indeed surrounding me as my hedge of protection, and rest, relax, and rejoice in Him.
Father, I feel strangely under attack at this point. My sleep is being interfered with, I have aches and pains I’m not used to, and I’m careless about things that have never been an issue before. Thank You. Help me receive everything as something You are going to use for my blessing and Your glory, (Romans 8:28) not allowing anything to distract me from walking in grateful obedience. I will interact with many different people today. Help me be Your agent to each of them, lifting Christ up so that they may be drawn to Him (John 12:32) for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!