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They that trust in the Lord … – Part 1

By Austen C. Ukachi
30 January 2022   |   3:44 am
These are turbulent times for Nigeria as insecurity, social as well as economic challenges are felt all over the place. At the global level, the Omicron monster is surging; tsunami struck and destroyed parts of Tonga in South Pacific Oceania...

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These are turbulent times for Nigeria as insecurity, social as well as economic challenges are felt all over the place. At the global level, the Omicron monster is surging; tsunami struck and destroyed parts of Tonga in South Pacific Oceania, a global supply chain problem continues hurting many advanced economies, the Boris Johnson Party-gate makes the headlines in Britain, while a possible invasion of Ukraine by Russia threatens global peace.

But, while these global uncertainties continue to take place, God remains sovereign and unshakable. God is our safest and surest security in times like these. His promises, His Covenant, His word and His blood are our greatest anchor. David found God to be the Rock of his life in turbulent times.

As Psalm 46:1-3 reads: “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah” (NKJV).

The Psalmist further reminds us that God is our refuge,

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence” (Psalms 91:1-3 NKJV).‬

Mount Zion is a symbol of strength and stability. The confidence of those who trust God must remain unshakable and solid. Here, those who trust in the LORD are likened to the rock on which the temple was built.

Psalm 125:1-3 equates our trust in God to the unshakable Mount Zion, “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so, the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity,” (NKJV).

Ancient traditions proclaim the stability of Zion, the mountain of God deeply rooted in the womb of the earth (Psalms 46; 48; 78:68–69; 87:5). As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so, the Lord surrounds his people with his protective power forevermore. (Psalm 34:7; Zechariah 2:7-12)

Trusting God in tough times like these simply means:
To put our total confidence in Him (Isaiah 31:1-3). To depend on Him for protection and security (Psalm 20:7). To trust in the provisions of His covenant. To trust in His ability to sustain, protect and keep us. To trust in His saving grace and power (Psalm 37:39-40). To trust in His promises (1 Cor.1:20).

To look up to Him (2 Chro.20:12). To confess the promises of His word (Psalm 91:4). To make God your help (Jeremiah 39:16-18; Psalm 121:2). To hope in God (Jere 17:7-8). To secure victory from God (1 Chron. 5:20).

Like Isaiah, those who put their trust in God will confidently declare: “For the Lord God will help me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set my face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
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