Tehillim / Psalms 125, ספר תהילים קכה, Part 1, Do You have a Deep Desire to Pursue God?

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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 125:1-5, the psalm opens saying, א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת הַבֹּטְחִים בַּיהֹוָה כְּהַר-צִיּוֹן לֹא-יִמּוֹט לְעוֹלָם יֵשֵׁב: A Song of Ascents. 125:1 Those who trust in the Lord Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. (NASB) It is very interesting how the psalmist declares, those who trust in the Lord are Mount Zion which cannot be moved but abides forever. What does it mean Zion abides forever? The psalmist continues saying, ב יְרוּשָׁלַם הָרִים סָבִיב לָהּ וַיהֹוָה סָבִיב לְעַמּוֹ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד-עוֹלָם: ג כִּי לֹא יָנוּחַ שֵׁבֶט הָרֶשַׁע עַל גּוֹרַל הַצַּדִּיקִים לְמַעַן לֹא-יִשְׁלְחוּ הַצַּדִּיקִים בְּעַוְלָתָה יְדֵיהֶם: 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and forever. 125:3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous, So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong. (NASB) The mountains are understood as being solid and as a wall of protection to the people, with the Lord God in heaven being paralleled to its strength. The psalmist believes in the importance of doing what is right according to God’s Torah has having benefits for the child of God. The benefit is in the Lord working in the life of the unrighteous person to protect the righteous from harm. Read more here: Tehillim 125-Part1

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