Read Psalm 125
Focus on verse 2
When a football team gets close to scoring a touchdown the commentators describe it as being in the “red zone”. My home is located in a part of a city that is a “residential zone” as opposed to a “commercial” or “agricultural” zone. Every day we encounter official and non-official areas of real estate that have been declared some kind of special zone. Some of these zones we want to be in, others we want to stay out of. There is a zone that is not measured in real estate, yet is a zone that determines the difference between life and death for each of us.
In today’s reading the psalmist writes, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore” (v. 2). There is a zone that is not geographic yet is a clearly defined position. People that are “in the zone” are those who God defines as “His people”. Anyone who is one of “his people” is apparently protected in a fashion similar to the way the mountains surrounding Jerusalem protected the ancient city. (In days before weaponry such as aircraft and missiles, this was a much more strategic defense than it currently is)
One question that becomes imperative in light of this is “How then does one become one of “his people”? In this psalm the writer seems to be speaking of the people of Israel specifically as God’s people, however, in the greater scope of the scriptures as a whole, it would seem to include all those who trust in the Lord. More specifically the psalmist describes those who are definitely not in the zone as “those who turn aside to their crooked ways” (v. 5).
So whether you are in the residential zone, the commercial zone, the red zone or the green zone, you may also want to be certain that you find yourself to be in the Lord’s zone. In the final analysis this is the only zone that will matter.