Psalm 125:1-2

“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.”

In this season with elections coming up, I’ve seen and heard many people posing arguments in support of one presidential candidate or the other. I have seen arguments appealing both to rationale and insults. I’ve seen venom and vitriol from people of the world, which I expect, but also from the very mouths of those bearing the name of Christ.

It makes me wonder where we are finding our identity. Is our identity in our political positions? Is our identity in our own morality? Is our identity in our self – righteousness? All these identities are blasphemies against the work of Christ. They are idols that we make in our own hearts which degrade from the value that we see in Christ. These idols do not conform to the biblical mandate that we must decrease and He must increase.

I’m reminded in this Psalm that for those of us who belong to the Lord, our identity is that of a Child of the King and as such we, like the stalwart Mount Zion, can by no means in this world be moved or uprooted. We need not to defend ourselves from any oppressor, from any insult, from any attack. The Lord is our defender, and we may rest assuredly in the confidence that what the world has for us He will use for our benefit. So we may count it joy when we face trials. Though the wind batters the mountain, though landslide may scar its face, the mountain remains. Likewise, though trials may come to us, we, like the mountain, can endure unchanged at our foundation.

God, grant us the peace and faith to weather all for your glory.

Andy Brown