“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 forth and forever.” – Psalms 125:1-2
Believe it or not, God is still sending me pictures of mountains. Today, I got another one from Bing. So, I went to God and asked about it. I got my answer as I worked on the concept of my novel.
In the verses above, the psalmist likens God and those who trust Him to the mountains. In my last post, I wrote about going to the Lord’s house to ask, seek, and knock as He is ready and willing to answer. Today, I am looking at the mountain of the Lord’s house as you and I. The psalmist says, when we trust, we are like Mount Zion (God’s dwelling place), which cannot be moved or shaken, but stands, no matter what. God also has something to say about it below:
“For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,’ says the Lord , ‘that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.” – Jeremiah 13:11
God’s plan for those who cling to Him is renown (to be known by all); praise (to be honored by all); glory (to be exalted above all). That’s His plan, which coincides with the mountain view of Psalm 125. Note that Mount Zion abides forever, through generations and times and with God.If this is God’s plan, can we now see clearly through our rough and dark seasons, that God is doing great work in us?
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2
Jesus went through His rough period knowing the result, and right now, He is living it. I gave a piece of advice to a member of my family, who was going through difficulty in planning an event. I told her to have a mental picture of lying on her bed resting when all was done because I knew that like all things, the process would end. Jesus knew the end from the beginning. He understood that regardless of the pain, there was glory waiting. This process applies to us as well, no matter the hardships we go through in righteousness, there is an end, and God is asking us to trust Him through them. He wants us clinging to Him, no matter the pain or shame; He has plans, big ones for each of us.
“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
God allows us to go through hardships to mold and train us to bear fruit, the fruit of righteousness. In the dark seasons of our lives, may we continually picture the end God has stored up for us. Picture the renown, the praise, and the glory in Jesus Christ and praise God always. It is for our glory.
‘For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.’ II Corinthians 4:17-18
Till next time, be transformed!!