Old Testament Commentary - Psalms 125

by Don R. Hender

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       CHAPTER 125          

Blessed are they that trust in the Lord—Peace shall be upon Israel.

This is a universally applicable statute of the Lord that those who trust in the Lord are blessed and those who do not have no such promise—This universalism well persist to the perpetual and eternal blessing of righteous 'Israel'.
A Song of degrees.
  1 They that atrust in the LORD shall be as mount Ziona, which cannot be removed, but babideth for ever.
  2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
 1a They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion In the dualistic or multiplisic application of scripture this may be applied to the Americas and their position as a nation of freedom as long as they honor and trust in the Lord of the land, Jesus Christ. It may also be applied to the latter-day Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If also applied to the children of Adam in their day, to the Jaredites in their day, to the Nephites in their day and to the Jews of Judah and unto all of Israel in any time and day. Israel is a name of God given and applied to Jacob. But before it was Jacob's name, it was the name given to all who prevailed in the Lord, the people of God. Thus is one very real sense they who are of Israel are of Zion, the are synonomous one with the other.
  3 For the rod of the awicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
  4 >Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their heartsa.
 4a them that are upright in their hearts In one sense, Zion is were the people of the Lord are. Said another way, Zion is were the pure in heart are. Said here in this verse, 'they who are unright in their hearts' would be of Zion, of the people of the Lord, would be of Israel.
  5 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but apeace shall be upon Israela.  5a peace shall be upon Israel The Prince of Peace is Jesus Christ. Peace equates to God's righteous state of heaven or on earth as it is in heaven. Melchizedek was the noted prince of peace of the city of peace, Salem of Jerusalem which was translated as was the city of Enoch. To find such 'peace' in the Lord is to be of the 'city of the Lord' or of the people of the Lord. By the way the name Melchizedek is another name of God which as bestowed upon the man who was Melchizedek. He name before was not Melchizedek, just as Joshua's name was not Jehoshua before he was so named by Moses. These are all names of God or in other words they are names of Jehovah. Thus when we say the Melchizedek Priesthoods we are actually stils saying it is the priesthood of the Lord, the Son of God, or in such case, the Priesthood of the Prince of Peace who is the same as the Lord. It is the Lord's priesthood.