Psalm 125 – Contagious Mountainhood

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Today’s PassagePsalm 125

Psalm of orientation today, no author identified. It’s about God’s protection and security, and mountains.

The mountains are used as a simile. I imagine that the psalmist looked around at the mountains of his homeland, saw how they provided geographic defenses for the capital city, and was inspired to compose. He writes: “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever” (125:2). God is the eternal guardian of his people. The psalmist uses mountains as a symbol of God’s overwatch, the most permanent fixture of the geography imaginable.

The mountains are also compared to the people. The very first line of the psalm reads: “Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever” (125:1). You can’t push Mount Zion around; it resists with its whole weight all attempts to relocate it, and who could even imagine moving multiple gigatons of rock and earth? Just so, the psalmist contends, those who trust in the Lord are rock-solid. Trust is the crux here: you become like what you trust in. Rely on God the mountain, and you can be a mountain yourself.

 

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2 thoughts on “Psalm 125 – Contagious Mountainhood

  1. Well and succinctly said. I especially like:
    Trust is the crux here: you become like what you trust in. Rely on God the mountain, and you can be a mountain yourself.

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