“They are not all Israel that are of Israel” is what Paul wrote in Romans 9:6. And it is likewise true that all who all themselves Christians are not Christians. Therefore, in Psalm 125:5 we read, “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.” They who “turn aside” are the wicked of verse 3. This will never happen to the true Christian. But there are in the church here below those who will leave, when the world to which they belong tempts them, or comes with violent persecution.
The psalmist expresses a truth that we must not overlook. God will lead them aside into their crooked way. Notice that it is their crooked way. God does not drive them into sin, but He drives them out of His church and into the sinful world of their liking. They had been hiding this love from the true Christians. And God does this to preserve His church. For He is around her like the mountains around Jerusalem, protecting her and keeping her safe. But He also does this so the church may have peace.
No, that does not mean that she will not be assaulted by the world. Were that the case the psalmist would not reassure the church that God keeps her unmoved like mount Zion. The closer we get to the end of time, the more enemies we will have, and the harder our life will be. But we will have peace in a twofold sense. As we sing, so is it:
The men who falsehood cherish,
Forsaking truth and right,
With wicked men shall perish,
God will their sin requite.
From sin Thy saints defending,
Their joy, 0 Lord, increase
With mercy never ending And everlasting peace.
The point is that we will have peace with God. His love, mercy, and grace will surround us. His thoughts of peace we shall enjoy. And that, come what may, will give us peace of mind. We will be sure His church shall not be moved but stand and soon inherit the new earth, and live with God in peace that passeth understanding.
Read: John 14
Psalter versification: 356:3
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.