The psalmist expresses the belief that God has given Israel the land and will assure their possession of it. He acknowledges that evil will come in from time to time but that God will ultimately restore good to the people.
In America we live in the general belief that our country is secure, almost impenetrable. We feel like no other country could invade and topple us. 9/11 and events since have brought home the fact that we are vulnerable to attack but I think most see these as isolated events.
In other parts of the world warfare and living in fear are the norm. In some countries, war or civil war has been almost constant. Daily children are left as orphans and property is taken or destroyed. In some countries, parents worry daily about their children being abducted or drafted into the militia. In some places, religious intolerance and persecution forces Christians to live in secret and to fear exposure.
In our country people live in poverty, many on the streets or in shelters. Others live with a feeling of insecurity and some segments of our society live with injustice and oppression. For many here and abroad, the world is a tough place. For many, they question God or they do not even know His presence.
The psalmist reminds us and the afflicted that God will surround those who trust in Him like mountains. How reassuring. But many do not know God. This day may we pray for all who suffer and for all who do not know God’s love and protection. And may we be moved to do all we can for those God places before us this day.
Scripture reference: Psalm 125