3For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
(Psalm 125:3, King James Version)
Rod of the Wicked
You will remember from yesterday's devotion, that the Psalmist has just declared that the righteous are like Mount Zion which cannot be moved, for the Lord surrounds His people. The Psalmist continued with verse 3, For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
What a wonderful proclamation of God's grace to His people, but if we look at the land of Israel, to which the Psalmist was referring, has this verse been born out through history? Do we see faithful Israel living in the land without the oppressing hand of the wicked in their midst? No! Then, how can these verses be true?
To understand this verse, we must look at the bigger picture. Israel, in the years following the writing of this Psalm, became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord. As warned again and again by His prophets, God finally removed them from their land and sent many of their people to the land of Babylon. After a period of time, some returned, but the nation of Israel was not again established until 1948. Even so, Israel today is a political country, not necessarily a religious one.
How, then, should we apply Psalm 125:3 to our own lives? What we see is God's perfect fulfillment of this verse. Those who are true believers--those who trust Christ as their only Lord and Savior--are protected by God. Truly the rod of the wicked will not rest upon them; though the righteous are greatly, and sometimes adversely, affected by the ungodly, their salvation is kept secure through the faithfulness of Christ.
We must remember that our salvation is entirely of Christ. It is Christ who saves us, it is Christ who keeps us, and it is Christ who will bring us safely home to live with Him forever! Do Christians sin? Yes! Do Christians fall into great temptations? Yes! Can Christians sin so grievously that they lose their salvation? No!
How, then, do we explain those who seem to live gloriously for Christ, but then reject it all, never again to embrace God's truths as taught in His Word? Either they never were truly children of God, or God will bring them back, for God does protect His true people, so that the rod of the wicked will not rest upon them. At times, it is true, God allows His children to wander, but if they are true children of God, He will bring them back.
We must understand that our salvation is a gift from God. Nothing we ever did made us worthy to receive Him as our Lord and Savior, and nothing we do can keep us worthy. Our worthiness rests completely on Christ, not on ourselves. Think of the blessedness of that truth! How wonderful to rest upon a perfect God for our salvation, and not upon ourselves.
As believers, then, let us not fear the rod of the wicked, for it is God, alone, we must love and fear!
28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28, King James Version)
The rod of the wicked have no power against the true servants of God. What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,