As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 125:2 ESV)
They say, “context is king”. In this case “they” are right. The experience of being surrounded totally depends on context. For instance, neither being surrounded by gorillas in Rwanda, nor adrift in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by sharks holds a lot of appeal. For that matter, take a rain check on being surrounded by pirates, zombies, doubts, naysayers, and curmudgeon’s.
So what makes the list of positive things to be surrounded by? How about: chocolate, friends and family, those speaking the truth in love. How about the LORD himself! That is indeed the promise of Psalm 125:
"the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore”.
We celebrate this truth this weekend as we look back, settle into, and anticipate the reality of the promise that we have been given - the LORD surrounds his people. Personally, you may have thought yourself isolated, tucked away in some secluded corner of the universe, but in reality you are surrounded by the LORD. You may have believed that Christ Church has chugged along self-sufficiently for 50 years, hidden in the woods on Breton, but all along she has been surrounded but the LORD. And you may believe that the very fabric of the universe is outside of the LORD’s presence, when in fact he surrounds the entirety of all that is.
So take comfort. Come celebrate with us. This evening (Friday) coffee house at 7 pm. And then again worship on Sunday. — One time only, 10 am. ---
Rejoice. Stand amazed. Take confidence. The LORD surrounds his people.
Grace and Peace