In ministry certain periods of time may seem like drought experiences in our lives. However God’s Word reminds us of the Lord’s love and care every hour. Consider His provisions found in Psalm 125.
“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abides forever”
Two well-known mountains are in the Word of God: Mt. Sinai representing the Law and Mt. Zion representing grace. When a man realized he couldn’t save himself by good works, he said, “I changed mountains.” Position tells that we have the following status in the Lord–sons of God (John 1:12), heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17), citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:21), in God (Col. 3:3), with Christ (Col. 3:3), and in Christ (1 Cor. 3:30).
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever” (Ps. 125:2).
G. Campbell Morgan, great Bible teacher and Pastor, couldn’t sleep one night. He thought of this verse, “Behold, he who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps. 121:4), and responded, “Lord, if you are staying up to watch over things, I just might as well go to bed.” God is our Protector: He is in us, over us, round about us, under us and in us. Is that not well-rounded protection?
“For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on theland alloted of the righteous; lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity” (Ps. 125:3).
Charlie Baylock prayed, “O Lord, the devil is after me; protect your property!”
“Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts” (Ps. 125:4).
There is a law of performance: “Give and it will be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put unto your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
Punishment for evil doers
“As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them away with the workers of iniquity” (Ps. 125:5a).
The ungodly crowd will meet the Lord in judgment. Defiance toward God yields recrimination.
“Peace shall be upon Israel” (Ps. 125:5b).
Peace of spirit results in rest of soul, delight of heart and motivation of life. Christ made peace through the blood of the cross (Col. 1:20). There is perfect peace in trusting the Lord for salvation (Isa. 26:3). When the disciples were caught in a vehement storm on the sea of Galilee, Jesus arose and said, “Peace, be still.” (Mark 4:37-39).There was a great storm, then a great calm. The Lord can quiet the storms in our lives.
God has made provisions for every step of our journey from earth to Heaven. When we are experiencing periods of drought in our ministries, we can turn to Psalm 125 and remember the gifts the Lord so graciously provides–each hour, every day.
John Lineberry, pastor
Ambassador Baptist Church