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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Secure as Mount Zion


Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion;

they will not be defeated but will endure forever.

—Psalm 125:1 (NLT)


Trust is the ability to rely upon or place confidence in someone. When you trust someone, you rely on the integrity of that person and the security they give. You have faith in them. Those who trust in the Lord, the psalmist proclaims, have confident faith in His security and protection. They know that in trusting God they will not be overcome but will always be victorious.


The Old Testament God that Moses encountered on Mount Sinai offered security to the Israelites if their behavior met His law. Their security in God was conditional on their performance. They staggered in fright when God commanded them not to touch the mountain. Moses himself trembled in fear (Hebrews 12:20). God blessed or cursed them based on their conduct. 


On the cross, New Covenant Grace changed everything. Conduct no longer remained God’s standard. Jesus Christ’s righteousness became the standard because He took the condemnation and punishment for us. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1, NKJV).  


"You have come to Mount Zion,” the writer to the Hebrews penned, “to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people (Hebrews 12:22-24a, NLT). 


You have come to Jesus, my friend, the negotiator of the New Covenant between God and man. His Kingdom is Mount Zion—the city of the living God, and He no longer lives outside of you. The Kingdom of God is within you. You have no reason to fear God who became flesh and gave His life for you. His love is no longer conditional on your performance. God revealed His real character in the gift of His Son. He is love—grace and truth. Now you run to Him—without shame or dread. He is tangible. He is forgiveness and healing and grace. You are His firstborn. Your name is written in His heaven. You can trust God who loved you enough to send His Son to perfectly meet the conditions of His law you never could meet.


Do you trust Him? If you trust Him, you are secure in Him. You have peace. You have joy. You believe His truth, and you receive His love. When you understand your relationship with God, you have His faith to believe in the integrity of the security that He has given you. You have confident faith in Him because you know how much He loves you.


If you are dealing with trust issues in your relationship with God, you need to understand who you are in Him. You are His beloved. You are His child. He is your righteousness—your healer—your provider—your Abba Father. You can draw from the wellspring of His love for you. You can share your heart and leave your burdens in His care. You don't need to fear punishment. Yes, God is the judge over all things, but Jesus has negotiated a New Covenant for you. Jesus took the judgment for your sins on the Cross and received your punishment. God sees you through the finished work of His Son. You are without blemish—forgiven and healed and whole.


When you place trust in the Lord, you exercise faith. You believe you are secure in His love, and nothing that comes against you has the power to defeat God who lives in you. You have received from the spiritual riches Christ redeemed for you. And your greatest promise? You will live throughout eternity with Him. 


© 2021 Lynn Lacher


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