1They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
2As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
(Psalm 125:1-2, King James Version)
As Mount Zion
What a perfect Bible passage for a New Year's Day devotional. They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
In a time of great uncertainly, God's Word rings clear and true, bringing great peace to those who would heed its words. God's people are like Mount Zion! Why? They are like Mount Zion because they cannot be removed, but rather live forever! We tend to think in the temporal terms of this life, but that is not true for the believer. We, as believers in Christ, have already begun our eternal life. Though our location may change at death, our souls live on for eternity, moving from this world to life in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ.
So it is true, that even as the mountains surround Jerusalem, our Lord is round about us from now until forever! Do we live as though that were true? Are we, instead, so engrossed in the affairs of this life that we hardly even think of our eternal life which will spread its wings when our time on this earth is done. With that in mind, what are we doing today to prepare for our eternal future?
I would challenge each of us today to go beyond our normal thoughts of New Years' resolutions. While they may pick us up at a low time in our lives and propel us to more meaningful lives, what implications do they have toward our next lives which will exist forever? Let us, rather, develop some eternal resolutions with the desire of living the remaining years we have left on this earth immersed in the Lord Jesus Christ. What are some things we could do to further that more worthy goal?
*We could develop a consistent Bible study/reading plan, concentrating on a few verses each day and internalizing them in our daily walk with the Lord.
*We could begin a Bible memory program - again, focusing on just a verse or two each day.
*We could maintain a consistent relationship with a local, Bible believing Church.
*We could set a goal of developing a closer relationship with another Christian or Christian couple.
*We could begin or continue an active relationship with a missionary--supporting their ministry, receiving their prayer letters, and praying actively for their ministry.
*We could become involved in a small Bible study--or even lead one!
*We could begin or continue a consistent prayer life, coming before the Lord at least once a day--maybe even three times a day as did Daniel.
These are only a few suggestions; I sure you can think of many more. Most importantly, let us turn our hearts and our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ, seeking the honor and praise of God, alone, in all aspects of our lives. May we be as Mount Zion, loving and serving our Lord in all our thoughts, all our words, and all our deeds, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
God Bless You,