Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.
For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling:
“This is my resting place for ever and ever . . .”
In these beautiful word pictures, the psalmist describes three of the most blessed provisions of God for His people: stability, security and rest. The world craves these blessings and seeks them in various ways, but never ﬁnds them in true or abiding form. Yet there is a place where we may ﬁnd all three.
It is pictured as a mountain, Zion, and as a city, Jerusalem. Mount Zion pictures stability.All other mountains will be shaken, all other hills removed (Isaiah 54:10). But Mount Zion cannot be shaken. It is unique among all earth’s mountains because God has set it apart for His own dwelling place.
Jerusalem pictures security. All who have ever travelled to Jerusalem can conﬁrm the accuracy of the psalmist’s description. No matter from what point of the compass you approach the city, you must pass through mountains tor each it, for they surround it on all sides. In like manner, the presence of Almighty God surrounds His people. Stability and security, in turn, offer us rest, never-ending rest. God has declared: “This is my resting place for ever and ever . . .” Sharing God’s dwelling, and surrounded by His presence, we enter into His rest.
Founded on God’s mountain, dwelling in God’s city, I share His eternal rest.
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