Verse 1 – Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
For Israel, Zion represented the center of their world and the place where the Lord dwelt. Like those who place God in the center of all things and trust in Him, will remain unshakable and will not be moved.
Verse 2 – As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.
Verse 3 – For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.
A scepter is a staff or baton held in the hand by a ruling authority. It represented ultimate power and authority. The psalmist says that no wicked one who holds the scepter shall rest in the land of Israel, as long as the righteous follow God.
Verse 4 – Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts.
Verse 5 – As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them away with the workers of iniquity. Peace be on Israel!
If you read the history of Israel, you know that many times they turned away from God. Destruction would soon follow. Then after a period of time God would raise someone up for their deliverance, after they turned their hearts back towards God.
God’s a loving God and forgives all transgression, but when a person walks away, they are on their own. Destruction soon comes.