Ps 125:1-5. God honors the confidence of His
people, by protection and deliverance, and leaves hypocrites to the
doom of the wicked.
1, 2. Mount Zion—as an emblem of
permanence, and locality of Jerusalem as one of security, represent the
firm and protected condition of God's people (compare Ps 46:5), supported not only by Providence, but
by covenant promise. Even the mountains shall depart, and the hills be
removed, but God's kindness shall not depart, nor His covenant of peace
be removed (Isa 54:10).
They that trust—are "His people,"
3. Though God may leave them for a time under
the "rod," or power (Ps 2:9), and
oppression of the wicked for a time, as a chastisement, He will not
suffer them to be tempted so as to fall into sin (1Co 10:13). The wicked shall only prove a
correcting rod to them, not a destroying sword; even this rod shall not
remain ("rest") on them, lest they be tempted to despair and
apostasy (Ps 73:13, 14). God may even try His people to the
uttermost: when nothing is before our eyes but pure despair, then He
delivers us and gives life in death, and makes us blessed in the curse
the lot—the possession, literally,
"Canaan," spiritually, the heavenly inheritance of holiness and bliss
which is appointed to the righteous. Sin's dominion shall not
permanently come between the believer and his inheritance.
4. (Compare Ps 7:10; 84:11).
5. Those who turn aside (under temptation)
permanently show that they are hypocrites, and their lot or portion
shall be with the wicked (Ps 28:3).
crooked ways—(Compare De 9:16; Mal
their—is emphatic; the "crooked ways"
proceed from their own hearts. The true Israel is here
distinguished from the false. Scripture everywhere opposes the Jewish
delusion that mere outward descent would save (Ro
2:28, 29; 9:6, 7; Ga 6:16).
The byways of sin from the way of life.