Author: The sons of Korah
Verse 1 – Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain.
Verse 2 – Beautiful in elevation, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
Verse 3 – God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge.
Why is Mount Zion-Jerusalem, “The city of our King?” Because the temple was located in Jerusalem, which was seen as the center of God’s presence in the world. Revelation 21:2 – Then I John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Jerusalem has and always will be, the “City of God.”
Verse 4 – For behold, the Kings assembled, they passed by together.
Verse 5 – They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, they hastened away.
These verses recall the conquest of Canaan when Yahweh caused the people in the land to be terrified of the Israelite’s (Joshua. 2:9).
Verse 6 – Fear took hold of them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail,
Verse 7 – As when you break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
Ezekiel 27:25, 26 – “The ships of Tarshish were carriers of your merchandise. You were filled and very glorious in the midst of the seas. (Verse 26) Your oarsmen brought you into many waters, but the east wind broke you in the midst of the seas.
Verse 8 – As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the Lord of hosts; in the city of our God; God will establish it forever. Selah
This was a prophetically spoken scripture about the New Jerusalem that will be established forever (Revelation 21).
Verse 9 – We have thought, O God, on Your loving-kindness, in the midst of Your temple.
Verse 10 – According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.
The right hand represents power and who sits at the right hand of God? Jesus, who is our righteousness.
Verse 11 – Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of Your judgments.
The tribe of Judah is the largest of the 12 tribes of Israel. David was from Judah and he made Jerusalem his capital and the center of the nation’s worship. Jesus was also from the tribe of Judah and will one day be the center of all worship in the New Jerusalem which will be established forever.
Verse 12 – Walk about Zion, and go all around her. Count her towers;
Verse 13 – Mark well her bulwarks; consider her palaces; that you may tell it to the generation following.
Verse 14 – For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.
After an enemy army had attacked Jerusalem, without victory, the Israelite’s would walk around the city and inspect the walls. When they would find no damage, they praised God.
After we, as believers, have been delivered from whatever crises, we need to check what upheld us; our faith in God; our knowledge of His Word, and the prayers of other believers. The Holy Spirit is our guide and Christ our strength in tough times, so make His Holy scripture your map.