A Song of Ascent. Psalm 125
1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts!
5 But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers!
Peace be upon Israel!
The Levites take their sixth step and I wonder if they didn’t look around at the mountains surrounding Jerusalem. I wonder if in the gaze they thought of their progress so far.
On the first step we heard them cry from Psalm 120 for deliverance from lying tongues, false witnesses. Then concluding with the complaint: “Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war!”
Are not their voices echoing from those hills– an assurance that our help comes only from our L-RD, for our true salvation comes from G-D’s Anointed One, Yeshua. “The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”
Can we forget the joy in the Levites’ voices as they set their feet upon the third step? They exhorted us to “give thanks to the Name of the L-RD”
And then a very personal declaration issued on the fourth step as their hearts turned heavenward. They sang “To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!”
Did not the Levites call to us on that fifth step when they cried out, “We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!” And their testimony to us, their encouragement to us, “Our help is in the name of the L-RD, who made heaven and earth.”
On this sixth step do we not sing along with the Levites Psalm 125, for we understand what they’ve said? With them, can we not sing too, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the L-RD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore”?
The final verse from Psalm 125 gives a warning: “But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the L-RD will lead away with evildoers!” Isaiah (59:8) gave a similar warning: “The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.”
Their crook ways. That caught my attention, as it did a Bible commentary that wrote: “their—is emphatic; the “crooked ways” proceed from their own hearts.” (Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary)
L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .