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A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.


[Preliminary 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].

The 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.]



v.1 God is revealed as glorious in Jerusalem


v.1  Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
    in the city of our God, his holy mountain.


v.2 Located on Mount Zion it stands out


v.2  Beautiful in its loftiness,
    the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion,
    the city of the Great King.

v.3 Within Jerusalem His presence brings security


v.3  God is in her citadels;
    he has shown himself to be her fortress.


v.4-6 The beauty and strength of Jerusalem has astounded enemies


v.4  When the kings joined forces,
    when they advanced together,
v.5  they saw her and were astounded;
    they fled in terror.
v.6  Trembling seized them there,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.

v.7 The Lord destroyed them like a navy in a hurricane


v.7  You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish
    shattered by an east wind.


v.8 In Jerusalem His presence makes them secure


v.8  As 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.


v.9 Within the Temple we reflect on His love


v.9  Within your temple, O God,
    we meditate on your unfailing love.

v.10 Thus His praise accompanies His name around the earth


v.10  Like your name, O God,
    your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
    your right hand is filled with righteousness.

v.11 The city and her surroundings rejoice over His decrees


v.11  Mount Zion rejoices,
    the villages of Judah are glad
    because of your judgments.


v.11,12 The wonders of Jerusalem are such as to be told to the next generation


v.12  Walk about Zion, go around her,
    count her towers,
v.13  consider well her ramparts,
    view her citadels,
that you may tell of them
    to the next generation.


v.14 But it's all about the eternal God, for ever for us


v.14  For this God is our God for ever and ever;
    he will be our guide even to the end.



[Additional 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.]



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