Meditating on Psalm 125.
Those who trust in the Lord Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever. (Ps. 125:1)
In September last year, at the outbreak of war in Zamboanga, the beloved brethren in our Church’s outreach there determined to continue holding worship services. But the war intensified and lengthened. The rebels, desperate, held whole houses and a mosque hostage and put establishments on fire. At this time, the beloved brethren who gathered in church (where the pastoral house is also located) which was at the heart of the city could no longer go out. Their supplies were running out and they were also beginning to be terrified by the interminable bombings and firings from both the military and the Muslim rebels.
Most of the establishments, including other Christian churches, had closed shop and the people had long left the city. The beloved JMCIM brethren realized that they were the only ones left in the war zone, except for those taken hostage. But they continued to praise, pray, and worship in faith, trusting God to protect them. They contacted the main church in Quezon City and informed them of their predicament. They were advised to stay put: they were safe in the house of God; He would deliver them. Miraculously, supplies from the central church began to reach them.
When either the military or rebels (it was difficult to distinguish which) passed by the church and saw the worshiping brethren, they nodded or waved silently. They wouldn’t dare harm the faithful people of God!
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the Lord surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever. (v. 2)
The Lord surrounds His people!
Sometimes, we grow faint in our faith and render God as powerless to deliver us from whatever is holding us captive or whatever is threatening our lives. But God doesn’t change. He wrought miracles in the days of the great prophets of the Old Testament and He is still working miracles to this day. Because he is unchanging!
There is a need for our faith to be revived, to be put on fire and believe and trust that our God is still all-powerful and almighty. There is a need to put life into our faith for us to see God’s miracles once again. He will work wonders through His Spirit who dwells in His redeemed. The Lord is looking for that kind of faith to move Him.
I pray that this new year, we will work more diligently on growing our faith: knowing the Lord more and deeper – more of Him in prayer and worship and through His Word – and following His will more fervently.
Less of the world; more of Jesus.
He will do good to us. Believe and trust.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
And to those who are upright in their hearts. (v. 4)
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