Jul 012020

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

so the LORD surrounds his people,

from this time on and forevermore. (Psalm 125:2)

Throughout the Book of the Psalms, song writers often use the image of a mother bird nestling her chicks under her wing (see Psa. 17, 36, 57, 61, 63, 91). The image is comforting, gentle, and nurturing, safe, warm, and tender. However, that is not the image used in Psalm 125. Today, the psalmist offers not an image of steadfast love and tender care, but instead draws upon the sustaining strength and protective power of the mountains that surround Jerusalem. There is, perhaps, no better image of immovable strength and permanent power than the mountains . . . and when we look around us here in Wilkes, we see what the psalmist sings. In these uncertain times, it is good to be enveloped in the strength and security of a sustaining God.              – rc

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