Bible Reading: Psalm 87
His foundation is in the holy mountains. 2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwelling places of Jacob. 3 Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah. 4 “I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia: ‘This one was born there.’” 5 But of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; And the Most High Himself will establish her. 6 The Lord will count when He registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah. 7 Then those who sing as well as those who [e]play the flutes shall say, “All my springs of joy are in you.”
We are reading one of the most unique Psalms in the Book of Psalms. The writer amazingly looks into the future and sees Zion (Jerusalem) as the capital and metropolis of God’s ultimate Kingdom. He prophetically sees all the nations coming to God Almighty and thus being in harmony with God’s people. Even the enemies of Israel - Rahab (Egypt), Babylon, Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia are included and adopted into God’s Nation. That’s amazing to think about and unique for an Old Testament book.
This of course is first fulfilled as the result of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. As we read in the New Testament the Gentiles from all nations are made citizens of Zion as the embraced the gospel. Ultimately it will be fulfilled in the end times when Christ gathers from every tribe across history His saved ones into His celestial realm.
As we meditate today on these verses find encouragement in several areas:
The city of God is everlasting; outlasting Rome and Washington DC. This city on a hill belongs to God and welcomes all and beckons to all. This is a reminder to pray for people far from God; even our enemies. Pray for those in opposition to you, the angry, the oppressor, and the haughty. God still desires them to be part of His family, your family.
There is in Revelation what John calls the Book of Life. Here in 87.6 the Lord “registers the people” and assigns them citizenship. Pause and thank the Lord for your salvation and citizenship. Amen.
Weekly Memory Verse: How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalm 84:1-2