Have you ever felt like you could not count on God, or that you are alone and unprotected? It is not an uncommon emotion, even among believers. Though we are made new through Jesus, we still live in a broken world. Because the world is broken, we have to endure difficult circumstances through our lives. When we enter into a difficult time it is sometimes hard to see the light, or the comfort that comes from the Lord.
This Psalm instills confidence in God’s people that remaining loyal to him is worth it and he comes through for us. The imagery of the mountains surrounding the city is used. If you can think of an overhead view of a valley surrounded by mountains, you would see a lush, thriving area. The protection of the Lord gives us this same opportunity.
The big problem is that we do not have confidence in Him as our protector, and sustainer because of our broken world. So we run away and end up making matters worse. The psalmist is making a call for us as believers to be committed to living according to the lord and not ourselves. We play a big part in how things unfold around us. Meaning, that when we seek after the wrong things, we will find the wrong things. How can we expect to live in the valley that is protected by the mountains when we are always seeking the things that are opposing God.
The end of this passage is a huge comfort. The psalmist reminds us of the Lord’s character, which points to Grace even when we do not deserve it.
I hope today you will see your position with God and the hope that comes from Him. I hope that no matter the circumstances or where you are going you will see that God wants to come around you as your father and Protector; as your “mountain.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate