Sunday 10 July 2022

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.”

This psalm beautifully describes the Lord’s love for Jerusalem, exalting it as the religious centre to the nations of the world. Jerusalem was God’s city because it was there that God met His people in praise and offering.

I can’t help but think of the purpose for which God designed Israel: to be a light to all nations, pointing towards and making God known! Yet we know how the story goes; time and time again the people turn away from God and chose to go their own way, only to find themselves calling out to the Lord to save them. 

Like Israel, God loves us regardless of our mistakes. His invitation to know Him, and worship Him always stands. God’s love for us knows no bounds, so take hold of His promises, trust in Lord, and keep close to him and in the plans He has for your life. 

Father, you are Lord over everyone and everything. Nothing is hidden from you, including our flaws and faults. But I thank you for your renewed mercies each day. Thank you that you have made the way to you through our Lord Jesus. Help me to put you in the centre of my life and to trust in the plans you have over me. May I go into this world making you known.

In your precious name Jesus, Amen

Written by Sven Bessesen

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