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11.5 Safety and Peace of Zion
Steadfastness amid Trials: The Certainty of Believers, like Mount Zion
Read Psalm 125:1–2. How are those who trust in God portrayed here?
Those who trust in the Lord are compared to Mount Zion in Psalm 125:1–2, a symbol of steadfastness and strength. Similar to how Mount Zion stands firm and unshaken, those who trust in God are depicted as steadfast and unmovable. They are not toppled by life’s storms but remain firmly rooted in their trust in God.
The metaphor of the mountain also symbolizes security and protection. Just as the mountain towers over its surroundings and provides shelter, God offers security and protection to those who trust in Him amidst life’s challenges. They can feel secure knowing that God watches over them and guards them from harm.
Overall, those who trust in God are portrayed as people firmly grounded in their faith, remaining steadfast and finding security and protection in God.
Read Psalm 125:3–5. How are the righteous tempted? What can we learn from this?
Psalm 125:3–5 describes how the righteous may be tempted and what we can learn from it.
The righteous may be tempted by the success of the wicked to turn away from their path and follow the ways of the unrighteous. This can lead to discouragement and doubts about one’s own faith. The temptation lies in choosing the seemingly easier path that aligns with the ways of the ungodly.
What we can learn from this is the importance of remaining steadfast in faith and not being swayed. Even when the wicked appear to prosper, we must not forget that God’s justice will ultimately prevail. We should remember the Mount Zion, serving as a symbol of steadfastness and immovability. Likewise, we are to stand firm in our faith and rely on God, even when we do not understand everything.
It is crucial that we take God’s Word and His promises seriously and not doubt them, even when we cannot comprehend all the mysteries of His providence. We can rely on God’s goodness and trust that He will guide and protect us in difficult times. By remaining steadfast in faith and clinging to God, we can resist temptations and emerge strengthened from them.

The connection to our daily lives and faith lies in facing similar challenges in our daily lives as those described in the psalm. Like the righteous in Psalm 125:3–5, we too may be tempted to stray from our path of faith, especially when we see the seemingly successful wicked. In such moments, doubts may arise, and we might be tempted to choose the seemingly easier path that does not necessarily align with God’s will.
From this psalm, we can learn the importance of remaining steadfast in faith, even when confronted with challenges and temptations. We should remember the metaphor of Mount Zion, which stands firm and unshaken. Likewise, we should stand firm in faith and trust in God, even when we do not understand everything.
It is important for us to realize that God’s justice will ultimately prevail and that we can rely on His promises. Even when we cannot comprehend all the mysteries of His providence, we can still trust that God will guide and protect us in difficult times. By remaining steadfast in faith and holding onto God, we can resist temptations and emerge strengthened from them.

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