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 forevermore.
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.
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 crooked ways
the LORD will lead away with evildoers!
Peace be upon Israel!
by: Dorothy Noel.
Psalms like this one call us to a celebration of the Lord’s promises. Being surrounded by the Lord, safe within His will, is such a wonderful place to be! In such a place, we even have protection from “the scepter of wickedness,” an analogy for evil rulers. Trusting in the Lord is not only for our lives, but for the lives of those around us. As verses 4 and 5 remind us, God’s judgement is sure for the righteous and the ungodly. We must trust this promise and look to the condition of our hearts before others.'