Psalm 125: Security of the Righteous

How does trusting the Lord allow us to stand?

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Psalm 125:1 A song for worship.
Those who trust the Lord stand forever, as immovable as Mount Zion.
Luke 6:47–48 Everyone who not only hears my words but also puts them into practice is like a wise man who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on solid rock. When a storm brought torrential rain, flooded streams, and hurricane-force winds, his house did not collapse, because it was well built on an unshakeable foundation.
King James
Psalm 125:1 <A Song of degrees.> They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
Luke 6:47–48 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

If God protects his people, how do they feel threatened?

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Psalm 125:2 Like the mountains surrounding Jerusalem, the Lord protects his people, both now and forever.
King James
Psalm 125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

Why can’t wickedness rule over righteousness?

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Psalm 125:3 Wickedness cannot rule over the righteous, for then the righteous might be provoked to do wrong.
Romans 6:16 Don’t you know that you are a slave to whatever you obey? Either you serve sin and will die, or you serve God in complete obedience, choosing to do what is, to the best of your knowledge, most pleasing to him.
King James
Psalm 125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Can righteousness rule over wickedness? Why?

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Psalm 125:3 Wickedness cannot rule over the righteous, for then the righteous might be provoked to do wrong.
King James
Psalm 125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

Does God’s goodness depend on our doing good to him? Why?

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Psalm 125:4 Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who desire to please you.
Matthew 7:12 Do what you would have others do to you, for this is the intent of everything taught in the Law and the prophets.
2 Timothy 2:12–13 If we suffer for Christ’s sake, we will reign with him, but if we deny him, he will deny us. Even if we choose not to believe, he still loves us, because he cannot deny who he is.
King James
Psalm 125:4 Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
2 Timothy 2:12–13 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

If God wants no part of wickedness, why does he allow it?

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Psalm 125:5 The Lord wants no part of wickedness and will banish evildoers, but his people will live in peace.
King James
Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.