Psalm 125 - The Temptation Of Power
Psalm 125:1-5 NIV
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both now and forevermore.
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.
But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be upon Israel.
If we have real “trust in the Lord”, we will be firm and “cannot be shaken”. So look around us, though we may not have the physical Mount Zion around us, “the Lord surrounds His people”. His presence beside us, and protecting us, will endure forever. God has the power and it is Him we should form an alliance with.
A scepter is a staff held by a ruler, a symbol of sovereignty and power. Power is what man craves since time immemorial. The Psalmist prayed that the “scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land” of the righteous so that we will not be tempted to do evil to obtain power. We are easily deceived by power, equating having it as a blessing. But power corrupts us easily.
Wealth and fame are symbols of power, which we should watch out for in our hearts. The Psalmist did not list out all the temptations of power in the world, for it would be too long to list them. What are the powers that will tempt us “to do evil” and leave God to achieve them? We need to watch out and pray for each other.
God will do good “to those who are upright in heart”. Instead of engrossing our eyes on the ‘scepter’, the symbol of fake blessings, fix our eyes on Jesus and in his words. Stay faithful to God. He is the real Power; He does whatever pleases Him and it pleases Him to do good “to those who are good”.
But even amongst us who desire to be righteous, we will be tempted to “turn to crooked ways”. In fact, Paul warned us to keep away from those who do evil.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Pray for one another to have trust in God. The power we crave will go with us to the grave, but God’s power endures forever.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.