objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.
Comments: A song that extols the relationship of the
Lord to Jerusalem [v.1], a city that stands out in the Land as
a royal city [v.2], where God dwells, the presence that makes
it secure [v.3]. When others have come in attack, they have been
overcome by its strength and beauty [v.4-6] and the Lord has scattered
them in disarray [v.7]. God in the city is its security [v.8]
and in His temple there, we can reflect on the wonder of His love
[v.9] and His name and honour goes round the world [v.10].
wonder of His activity brings rejoicing [v.11] and the beauty
of the city is something to be passed on to future generations
[v.12,13]. So it is all about God, the eternal One [v.14] who
will lead us for ever.]
God is revealed as glorious in Jerusalem
is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
in the city of our God, his holy mountain.
Located on Mount Zion it stands out
in its loftiness,
the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion,
the city of the Great King.
Within Jerusalem His presence brings security
is in her citadels;
he has shown himself to be her fortress.
The beauty and strength of Jerusalem has astounded enemies
the kings joined forces,
when they advanced together,
saw her and were astounded;
they fled in terror.
seized them there,
pain like that of a woman in labor.
The Lord destroyed them like a navy in a hurricane
destroyed them like ships of Tarshish
shattered by an east wind.
In Jerusalem His presence makes them secure
we have heard,
so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
in the city of our God:
God makes her secure forever.
Within the Temple we reflect on His love
your temple, O God,
we meditate on your unfailing love.
Thus His praise accompanies His name around the earth
your name, O God,
your praise reaches to the ends of the
your right hand is filled with righteousness.
The city and her surroundings rejoice over His decrees
the villages of Judah are glad
because of your judgments.
The wonders of Jerusalem are such as to be told to the next generation
about Zion, go around her,
count her towers,
well her ramparts,
view her citadels,
that you may tell of them
to the next generation.
But it's all about the eternal God, for ever for us
this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end.
Thoughts: The psalm reflects a high point in the life
of Jerusalem, when the presence of the Lord was real to its occupants
and brough them security and joy and praise. Sadly it didn't always
remain like that but for now, a source of reassurance and praise.]
to Psa 49