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Psalm 47 [Read]
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Acts 26 [Read]
Zion first appears in 1 Samuel. After David was made king of Israel, he went to take over the city of Jerusalem. Zion was a stronghold of the Jebusites, and it was so easy to defend even “the blind and the lame can ward you off” (2Sam 5:6). But David took it over, and he named it “city of David” (5:9). From then on, Zion represented the mighty power of God. Later on, the Ark was moved to Zion (1Ki 8:1). Therefore, Zion also represented God’s dwelling place.
“It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth. Like the utmost heights of north is Mount Zion, the city of the great king” (Ps 48:2). The name Zion had come to represent the city of Jerusalem by now. The ancient fortress of Zion was lofty and magnificent, and it became the symbol of power for the glorious dynasty of King David and Solomon in Israel’s history. The psalmist likely had that in mind when he uttered “they saw her and were astounded; they fled in terror” (48:5). God would make it secure forever (48:8).
But Zion lost her glory due to man’s idolatry, and the city of Jerusalem, the dwelling place of God, was defiled by the sin of people and their kings. As a result, God gave Zion over to the nations: “The LORD determined to tear down the wall around the Daughter of Zion… He made ramparts and walls lament; together they wasted away” (Lam 2:8). The symbol of power became the symbol of shame, for the LORD no longer guarded his city.
Nevertheless, God’s faithfulness endures forever. Through his prophets, he promised the coming of a great revival of Zion: “how beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isa 52:7). Indeed, the cornerstone has been set as a sure foundation, and he who believes in him shall never by dismayed (Isa 28:16).
For the disciples of Christ, we have come before the new Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God (Heb 12:22). No matter how difficult the situation becomes and how great the troubles we face, let our heart never be dismayed. Set our hearts on the highway of Zion (Ps 84:5). May the Lord grant us from strength to strength, till we appear before Him in Zion (Ps 84:7). Amen.
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