East Martin CRC
Steady Like a Mountain
Verse 1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
Our next song for the journey is from an unknown psalmist. We don’t need to know his name to understand his leading us in seeing the truth of God as we head to a place of worship.
“Those who trust in the Lord.” Who are these people who trust in the Lord? It would be easy to say that they are people in the church, but is that the definition that God would use? We often throw the word “trust” around flippantly. Trust is one of the most important parts of the Christian walk. If we don’t have trust we can’t have faith.
Faith in God requires a trust that He is who He says He is. Our trust can’t be so much about us as it is about Him. Trust in this way is a form of worship. It is us saying that His ways matter more than our ways. That is hard for us to commit to because we like to know what is going to happen in our lives. To think about trusting God to lead as He wills can be a slightly scary but it is the best to trust Him.
The psalmist says that those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion. This is a term used for the city of Jerusalem, mainly by the prophets. In fact most of the references to Mount Zion in Scripture are by prophets. It has also been used as a term for the New Jerusalem. Jerusalem was God’s city. It was on a hill, hence the reason for the song for going up to Jerusalem. This place held a special part in God’s plan and so do we as His chosen people.
As God’s chosen people who trust in Him, we are to be serious about standing firm for Him. Just as the mountain can’t be moved, we should be steadfast in our faith. Our faith can’t be flexible. We have to be solid in our trust in God. God isn’t pleased with a person who fluctuates in their beliefs because those types of people can be confused by influences of the world.
We need to check our steadfastness frequently so we can make sure we are living in a way that pleases God and reflects His unshakable nature. This is a way we can worship that will bring Him joy.
Making It Personal
How unshakable are you in your faith? Are there areas of your life where you reflect the world more than you do God? What are some ways that you can become more steadfast in your Christian walk?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to stand firm? Why does Jesus want you to stand firm about who He is? How can you stand firm for Jesus today?
Father, we confess the times we haven’t stood as firm for You as You have desired. Help us remember what You told the disciples about how important it is to not only hear Your word, we need to act upon it like a wise man building his house on a rock. In Jesus’ name, amen.