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 on and forevermore.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, so that the righteous might not stretch out their hands to do wrong.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts.
But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers. Peace be upon Israel!
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is “the Lord surrounds his people from this time on and forevermore.” This is an amazing promise of God—that God is with us in the midst of our lives. God will not leave us alone. God does not abandon us. Think of a challenging time in your life when you felt a strong sense of God. What did that feel like? Did you offer thanks to God for seeing you through that difficult situation?
Wisdom of God, from the street corners and at the entrances to the city you proclaim the way of life and of death. Grant us the wisdom to recognize your Messiah, that following in the way of the cross, we may know the way of life and glory. Amen.