Thursday 14 June, 2018

Psalm 87

Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song. 1 He has founded his city on the holy mountain. 2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob. 3 Glorious things are said of you, city of God: 4 “I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me— Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush— and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’” 5 Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.” 6 The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” 7 As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.”

The name ‘Zion’ is referred to in both the Old and New Testament. In the Old Testament, Zion is a literal place on which Jerusalem and the temple was built, and it is also used to refer to God’s people. In the New Testament, Zion is sometimes used as a symbol of God’s church or the heavenly city of God in the book of Revelation.

We read in this Psalm that God loves the gates (of the temple) of Zion more than any other place. He loves it when His people come through the doors of His church to worship together in His presence. We read that He is keeping a record of what is happening in His church. God registers their names in His book: this one, this one and this one – born again, right here.

Our personal times of worship are important, but there is something extra special about God’s people gathering together as His church. Loving God’s church is one of the best ways that we can demonstrate our love for God. If we love God, we will love what’s important to Him. And God loves the gates of Zion (His people gathered together) more than any other place.

Thank you God for Your church. Help us to love it like You do.

Written by Shelley Witt

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