Morning Light – September 9th, 2016

ml_2016Today: [Psalm 125-127] God Makes You as Mount Zion. In the chapters we study today we see that the writer compares those that trust the Lord as being as Mount Zion itself. God promises to defend you and strengthen as the city of David. You are a walking, living and breathing fortress that the enemy cannot penetrate or pull down. God defends you as He defends His own throne and keeps you in the very center of His purposes.
[Psa 125:1-5 KJV] 1 [[A Song of degrees.]] They that trust in the LORD [shall be] as mount Zion, [which] cannot be removed, [but] abideth for ever. 2 As the mountains [are] round about Jerusalem, so the LORD [is] round about his people from henceforth even for ever. 3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity. 4 Do good, O LORD, unto [those that be] good, and [to them that are] upright in their hearts. 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.
The authorship of Psalm 125 is uncertain. It describes the security of the people of God in the midst of encroachment and outside threats. When you truth in the Lord you are held safe in His presence. When you trust in the Lord you become as Mount Zion which cannot be moved. This is very important to understand. What does Mount Zion represent? Mount Zion is the Hebrew name for the Temple Mount. It occurs 150 times in the scriptures. On Mount Zion David built his citadel. He originally captured it from the Jebusites and it has been synonymous with the City of God and the City of the Great King. It is here that the rule of God and the rule of David went forth. To speak of the saints and those that fear God being as Mount Zion suggests that God’s government is centered upon your life and that God preserves you with the same grace and authority that He preserves His own throne.
When you are as Mount Zion the enemy can no more overthrow you than he could overthrow God Himself. Verse 2 tells you that God surrounds you as the mountains surround Jerusalem itself. You are secure in God. Though the world may look upon you and regard you as sheep for the slaughter – God Himself is a wall of fire around you and a pillar of fire in your midst. This speaks of God IN you as a provision and ON your life in His keeping and protecting power. The apostle Paul put it this way in Romans:
[Rom 8:35-39 KJV] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It doesn’t matter what the world thinks of us. Popular culture may marginalize us and consider us obsolete and unnecessary. They may predict the demise of Christianity and declare that God is dead but as Psalm 2 states “he that sits in the heavens shall laugh” and have them in derision that shake their fist in God’s face. You are kings and priests unto God – veritable and literal principalities and powers that cannot be overthrown. Those that molest you will experience the fact that God holds you as the apple of His eye, the very pupil of His eye and will swiftly defend you against every assault of the wicked one.
[Psa 126:1-6 KJV] 1 [[A Song of degrees.]] When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. 3 The LORD hath done great things for us; [whereof] we are glad. 4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves [with him].
Psalm 126 continues the theme of our connection as believers with Zion. You may feel that aspects of your life are limiting you and holding you bound. Verse one speaks of the time ahead for you “when” and not “if” but WHEN God will turn your captivity and fill your mouth with laughter and singing. Your testimony in time to come will be that God has done great things for you. He will turn your captivity and take the tears that you sowed in captivity to the enemy and turn them into precious seeds of prayers answered with joy and rejoicing over answers given in response to the cry of your heart.
The promise is that God will turn your captivity and you will experience such blessing and benediction of heaven over your life that you won’t know if you are waking or sleeping for all the goodness of God being made manifest in your life. Sometimes we get so caught up in every day pressures that we neglect to dream the bigger dream. God will not leave you where you are. Your captivity will be turned. The downturn and struggle that seems at times to be the very definition of your existence will be terminated and you will find yourself walking in the favor of God beyond all your expectation because He has set His love upon you and has blessed you with faithful Abraham with every good thing.
[Psa 127:1-5 KJV] 1 [[A Song of degrees for Solomon.]] Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain. 2 [It is] vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: [for] so he giveth his beloved sleep. 3 Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward. 4 As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of the youth. 5 Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
In Psalm 127 David as a father prophesies to his son Solomon regarding the building of the temple. Sometimes we start out in life to fulfill a project and can lose sight of the fact that it is God we rely on and not our own wits or ingenuity. David looked forward to the time that he would be gone off the scene and Solomon would reign in his stead. He reminds his son that there is a purpose, to build the temple and not just pursue his own heart’s content. The building of the temple is the one great accomplishment of Solomon’s life – a generational assignment that was fulfilled because he didn’t look to man but to God for his marching orders.
What has God laid on your heart to accomplish. What assignment of heaven are you passionate for that only God can accomplish? Know that you don’t build on your own nor are you left by yourself. There is purpose in God and planning in God. We are called to be builders and simultaneously to be part of the building itself. Peter wrote the following:
[1Pe 2:5 KJV] 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
You are a part of something greater than yourself. You are not isolated nor left alone without connection to the greater purposes of God. God is not willing to do the things in the earth that He is going to do without you. As every stone in a building has a particular purpose even so there is in your life God-ordaining positioning, purpose and timing. It may not be clear at times and you may wonder what your life counts for but only heaven will testify to the lives touched, and great things accomplished because you choose to live your life at the disposal of the King – a bondservant to His purposes.

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