Psalm 105:12-15 – “When they were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in it, wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people, he allowed no one to oppress them; he rebuked kings on their account, saying, ‘Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm.’”
This is a remembering of what God did for Israel when he lead them out of Egypt. But, it still speaks to us today. We are in the world, not of it. We have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. As citizens of the kingdom of heaven, we are now strangers and sojourners in the earth, wandering from nation to nation, from kingdom to people.
God did not allow Israel to be physically oppressed on their journey to the promised land. While we see Christians persecuted and oppressed today, God has said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” The oppression that God no longer allows on his people is the oppression of the mind, the soul, the spirit.
Paul and Peter were both literal prisoners in this world, but they remained free from oppression for they took every thought captive that was not of Christ. God no longer allowed anything to oppress their mind any more for in their weakness he would be their strength to overcome the world and the lusts of it. In 1 Peter 2:11, Peter writes, “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”
So, let us fix our minds on Christ. Let us have a single eye focused on Jesus. Let us behold Him, Jesus Christ the Lord, in all his glory. He will be our strong tower, our hiding place, our place of refuge as we sojourn among the nations giving glory to his name.