The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord. Psalm 146:10
Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
125:4 Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.
125:5 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.
Mount Zion is the place where the fortress of the City of David once stood. It was originally a the fortified hill that King David conquered from the Jebusites. David built his palace there and the place was called the City of David. Mount Zion’s root meaning is a “landmark” and is often translated as “fortress”.
2 Samuel 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. 5:8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind that are hated of David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house. 5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward.
1 Chronicles 11:5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.
God’s called-out faithful ones who trust in God are compared to Mount Zion. Psalm 125 is not only a PROPHECY but it is a PROMISE as well. It is about what the FUTURE will be like. God promises that those who put their trust in Him (those who are His FAITHFUL ) will never be removed.
Just like Mount Zion, the resurrected saints will abide forever.
The Hebrew word for “abide” is yashab (Strong’s #3427) It means to sit, remain, dwell.
The resurrected saints will sit, remain, and dwell and will never be removed but will live forever just as God’s Capital of the world, the New Jerusalem, will never be removed.
Psalm 125 is speaking of a time in the “latter days” when the Kingdom of God will be set up with Jerusalem (Mount Zion) as the capital city of all the earth and eventually the capital of the entire universe. It foretells of a future time when “Mount Zion, will no longer be ruled by, and over run with, wicked people who hate everything about God.
David speaks of a time when Jesus Christ is going to remove all evil men and the effects of all their wickedness and set up His holy, righteous Kingdom. The wicked will no longer have dominion over those who want to live righteously before God.
The period of time that this Psalm looks forward to can only be referring to when God is reigning on earth, for there has never been a time in the history of mankind when the words of this Psalm could be true. For we know that Jerusalem has not known peace for most of its existence and the physical Holy Temple periods did not last for very long.
Psalm 125 prophesies of the time when Mount Zion will be in great peace and security, when it is prospering and completely free from the oppression and persecution of wicked and violent men. It will be The Capital City of God’s Kingdom on earth and from where the King of kings, who is also called Prince of Peace, will administer His government of PEACE and RIGHTEOUSNESS throughout the earth and from which God the Father will rule the entire universe.
Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised [unconverted] and the unclean [spiritually unclean by sin].
Psalm 125 is a psalm of ascents, a song for the pilgrims who would sing these words as they traveled up to Jerusalem to keep the Feasts. Later when they arrived in Jerusalem they would hear the same song being sung by the Levites on the steps leading up to the Temple courtyard. The theme of the song itself is reflective of what the Feast’s of God picture.
The Feast of Tabernacles is about a time after the millennium when the whole world is at peace and Satan has been destroyed.
All the people who were under deception and in bondage to sin living during the 6000 year rule-of-man, are now being resurrected. For those who repent and turn to God, they will be taught to live according to God’s righteousness and it will be a time when Satan and his followers will be completely taken out of the way.
The pilgrims sing that those who trust in the Lord will be as Mount Zion, for those who trust Him enough to believe in Him and to practice what He says, are trustworthy themselves. And if a city which is full of righteousness cannot be moved, then neither can the inhabitants of that city, because they too are righteous.
Isaiah 1:26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellers as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The City of Righteousness, the faithful city.
When God’s kingdom is set up, it will never be moved nor destroyed, and in fact, it will replace all the other kingdoms of the world. It will stand (never be moved) for ever!
Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Those who have become followers of God’s Way during this present evil world and who have served God and have come to love Him and trust in Him during their physical lives, will be the ones who will rule with Him in His Kingdom.
Those who trust in the Lord and live by every Word of God are stable and secure, just as the city of Jerusalem will be; for they reflect the same values and laws that the City stands for.
Therefore, those that make up the City of Righteousness will be AMBASSADORS for God and for His Holy City because they wholeheartedly believe that His ways are true and they live according to every Word of God.
If we trust in the Lord, and keep on trusting in Him no matter what, we shall be as Mount Zion. We shall be like a fortress, a stronghold; unmovable and secure from all enemies.
The Lord surrounds each one of His people and as we think of the mountains that surround Jerusalem, we are reminded how God’s children are surrounded by (or always near) the Lord Himself.
For those that trust in the Lord, they shall be like Mount Zion which cannot be removed but abides forever. Zion means “stronghold or place of distinction.”
Tziyyon was the original designation for the hill fortress captured by David. If we trust in the Lord, we will be a like a stronghold; we will not be removed, and we will rule with our Lord as princes (kings and priests) in His soon coming Kingdom.
It is good to patiently trust in the Lord and lie by every Word of God, and if we do, some day we will live in the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life, in God’s own Kingdom; safe and secure from all evil.
37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
37:5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
God’s Kingdom will never be destroyed, it will never be removed once it is set up, and it will continue throughout all ETERNITY. And it will be here soon!
James Malm and Constance Belanger
Note- Constance submitted the original rough draft of this article in 2016, which I then completed for posting.