A Season of Psalms - Psalm 87:3
“Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
What do you remember about Jacob’s dream? The ladder which reached into the heavens, with angels ascending and descending upon it? The Lord standing above the ladder and declaring the prosperity of his future offspring? Or maybe Jacob’s declaration after waking from his dream? “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it. How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” Jacob was so overcome by his experience that he erected a stone pillar, anointed it with oil, and gave the city a brand-new name: Bethel (meaning “house of God”).
The house of God in Psalm 87 isn’t in Luz, but on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. And oh, how the Lord loves His city! He loves the gates of Zion more than any other dwelling place of Jacob. God’s presence resides there; His light shines for all to see. The citizens of Jerusalem were born there under God’s loving watch-care. Glorious things are said about the city, and even the surrounding nations take notice. Although God no longer dwells in a specific physical location, we can be glad that He has taken up residence in our hearts through His Spirit. Our heart is Bethel, the house where His glory dwells. If glorious things are spoken of the city of God, what will be said of the One who lives within us?
Through Christ, God is inviting the nations to participate in the good news and enter into a relationship with Him. In the new Jerusalem, every nation, tribe, language, and tongue will take up residence in the city, but in the city there will be no temple, “for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.” He will be in us and all around us. He will be our light, and we will reign with Him forever and ever. Glorious things of Him shall be spoken: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty!” Praise be to God!
Further Reading: Revelation 21:22-27; Ezekiel 43:1-12
Pray with me:
Lord, I give you my heart, I give you my soul. I live for You alone. Have Your way in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.