Saturday, December 01, 2012


I’m (intermittently) reading A Long Obedience In the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. Last night, I read the chapter on security and thought it was excellent. So often, in our piety, it’s easy to start to worry so much about “practicing holiness” or “following God” that we forget that God is our security and salvation.

This doesn’t mean that we should quit doing the good works which God has planned for us, but rather that we should trust in God, not only for our salvation, but for the grace to walk with Jesus. Peterson uses Psalm 125 as his text for this chapter of the book:

1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,(A)
which cannot be shaken(B) but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,(C)
so the Lord surrounds(D) his people
both now and forevermore.

3 The scepter(E) of the wicked will not remain(F)
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.(G)

4 Lord, do good(H) to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.(I)
5 But those who turn(J) to crooked ways(K)
the Lord will banish(L) with the evildoers.

Peace be on Israel.(M)

“The Lord surrounds his people”. What a wonderful and encouraging line. I really don’t have anything to add.



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