“A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush.” True. Often. But, not always. Christian faith by necessity lets go of the bird in the hand to gain the two in the bush. Christian faith is convinced that the unseen is more valuable and more powerful than the seen. The Christian life is lived by faith.

Psalm 125:1-2 boldly declares, “Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.”

We can see and touch mountains. We can feel comforted by fences around our yards or by copious amounts of hand sanitizer. There are many physical things we seek and place our confidence in. Without certain physical protections we feel exposed and hopeless. And, when obeying God’s commands appears to lead to suffering, obedience becomes arduous.

What are you afraid of on the horizon? What danger and suffering looms large? What do you not have a physical protection in place to guard against? Is it cancer, poverty, an invasion by ISIS and subsequent persecution?

God lets us in on the invisible reality. “Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.”

Everyone will find their lives marked here and there by suffering. Pagans and Christians alike endure many forms of suffering throughout their lives. But the Christian has God surrounding him and leading him through the suffering.

Psalm 124 sings of God’s deliverance through a life of opposition and suffering.

“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side,” Let Israel now say, “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side When men rose up against us, Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us; Then the waters would have engulfed us, The stream would have swept over our soul; Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul.” Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

God calls you to believe the invisible reality–His presence and blessing as the mountains that surround Jerusalem. Will you be found praising God for His deliverance? Will you be found resting in Him for your safety and provision? Or, will you be found forsaking His Word for some temporary, physical relief or safety?

“Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.”

Tyson Turner

Author Tyson Turner

Tyson is husband to Jen and father to their six children. Tyson is a graduate of the Reformed Evangelical Pastor's College and served for several years as Christ The Word's Assistant Pastor, but followed God's call to be the Senior Pastor at Grace Redeemer Church in Crestview, Florida in September 2017.

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