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Singing Psalm 125 to get a glimpse of full life without end

Singing Psalm 125, you get a preview of full life without end

You are among the people who trust in the Lord, and you trust him also.

You are among the people whom the Lord surrounds, and he surrounds you too.

You are among the people who are faithful, and you are faithful as well.

You are among the people who have peace, and you have peace deep within.

Absent are the people who would not trust in the Lord and who, therefore, are not surrounded by him.

Those who continue to threaten, lie, and refuse to let go of schemes to tear you down while building themselves up, they will be led away so that nothing will be able to disturb your peace.

Through many trials you enter into full life without end trusting even though you don’t see it yet. You might see certain points along the continuum of your life here as tragedies. Your life, at times, can seem empty and about to end – the exact opposite of full life without end. 

It will look something like what the Lord Jesus went through on the cross. He calls you to come to him when you are weary for rest as you take up your cross and follow him. (Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 9:23)

Singing Psalm 125 gives you an overcoming vision of full life without end

If your eyes are only on the here and now, you will miss the enduring vision of full life without end.

The Father is using the suffering you endure to make you more into the likeness of Jesus whom you follow. 

Endurance led Jesus through death to the other side, to full life without end.

Your endurance will lead you through death to the other side, to full life without end.

You have compassion on those around you who are suffering and take heart that it is through many tribulations that you and they must enter the kingdom of God. (Acts 14:22)

Singing Psalm 125 will strengthen your soul and encourage you to continue in the faith as you serve those who are suffering and as you go through suffering yourself.

It was a most beautiful thing that Jesus endured suffering and shame entrusting himself to the Father’s ultimate care. He waited for it. Jesus saw full life without end as a sure thing because he had faith in his Father. It was just a matter of time. Jesus, the Son of God, the second person of the triune God, has an innate faith in the Father.

The Father loves the Son and loves what the Son did here. He restored a right dependence reversing the independence that Adam chose which led to suffering and death for himself and for us all.

It is also beautiful to the Father when you, follower of Jesus, trust that he will reward you who are seeking him, depending on him as you suffer. You wait for it. You see full life without end as a sure thing because you have faith in your Father. It is just a matter of time. He supplies you with the ability to please him, to have faith in him. (Philippians 2:13)

You can look into the eyes of fellow sufferers with compassion and serve them with love. You take heart during times of trouble as you fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. Why? Jesus has overcome the world. (John 16:33; 1 John 5:4) Jesus gives you full life without end.

You set your mind on things above and not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2; 1 Peter 1:13) The Lord impresses upon you that what is seen, life here, is temporary and that what is unseen, full life without end, is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

You grasp full life without end in the midst of suffering but also when all around you is going well. Incomparable wonder awaits you beyond anything good you can compare to here. (Romans 8:18) You can take heart whether trouble is happening now or only anticipated because Jesus has overcome the world.

Eyes have not seen. Ears have not heard. Minds have not conceived the full life without end that God has prepared for you who love him, for you who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4; 1 Corinthians 2:9)

“All, like Mount Zion, unmoved shall endureWhose confidence in the Lord is secure.Like hills encircling Jerus’lem around,Always the Lord will his people surround.” ~ Psalm 125:1-2

July 6, 2022


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