Psalms Chapter 48: Verses 8-14

Psalms Chapter 48: Verses 8-14 #Protector #CityofGod #Mount Zion  (Unless otherwise cited this devotional is from the King James Version-Psalms 48 mainly because it is public domain.) But read this Psalm in the NIV for clarity of the Genre.)

As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it forever. Selah.

The psalmist declares his trust in God’s protection of “Zion!” Throughout the history of the nation, God has shown His protection of His people.  This protection had been demonstrated as the city withstood the enemy’s attempts at destroying it. As the popular singer MC Hammer sang “Can’t Touch This!” As long as God’s presence is in the city, it remained untouchable.

God’s Love for Us Never Fails

  • We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
  • 10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
  • 11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.

Verse 9-10: The psalmist told us that God is in the midst of His temple and they know that when they call on God, He would answer them. Psalm 5:7 “But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.” The people are thinking back on God’s kindness to them. As we travel through this journey that we call life, we think back on the instances of God’s intervention in our lives, and we are thankful for His kindness.

The psalmist reflects on the presence of God that resides in the temple, and the people’s act of worship. They think about the fact that God’s love for them never fails!”  This love is based on the covenant relationship that He has with His people it began on the day that He made a covenant with O Genesis 17:5; Genesis 12:2; Genesis 15:5; 13:16; 18:18;Genesis 13:14) Abraham and continued with the establishment of the Mosaic Covenant: He remained “loyal; ḥ esed” to them (Longman 2014, 211).

The Old Testament identified 6 Covenants that God has made with human beings. It is crucial to our well-being that we understand these covenants and their importance to us as believers. Many people are using God’s word to change people’s political views instead of using God’s word to help us grow closer to Him. We must be rooted and grounded in the word so that we do not find ourselves agreeing with policies and procedures that are contrary to God’s will.

I am providing the links to the scriptures that explain the contents of each covenant. Please click on them to help you garner knowledge of what God’s promises to Israel were, and His promises to us now that we have been adopted into the family of Israel.

  1. The Abrahamic Covenant: We are reminded that the Abrahamic covenant extends to us because Christ fulfilled it when He died on the cross.  
  2. The Mosaic: Exod 19–24
  3. The Priestly: Num 25: 10-13; 1 Sam 2:35; Ezek 44:10-15; Mal 2:4
  4. The Deuteronomic Covenant: Deut 20-27
  5. The Davidic Covenant: 2 Sam 7:8-16
  6. The New Covenant: Jer 31:27-40 

Verses 10-11

Verse 10 speaks about actions being taken “according to His Name.” Christians all over the world glorify His name. At some point, all nations will exalt him.

  • Acts 9:15 “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.” At the end times, the gospel will be preached in all nations and the whole earth will know that “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow.”
  • See Rev. 14:6 “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” 

Verse 11 identified the biblical reaction that God’s people should have when His judgment is executed on this earth. We should not mourn the consequences of sin. We should not question why God allows certain things to happen. People continually question why Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70. I will let Longman explain it to us.

They reasoned that if God was in the city, then he would not allow anything to happen to it, no matter how they behaved. They should have known better, though, since, even at the temple’s dedication, Solomon made it absolutely clear that God does not really live in the temple. After all, ‘The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!’

  • 1 Kgs 8:27). Jeremiah highlighted their presumption in his temple sermon
  • ( Jer. 7), and Ezekiel described God’s abandonment of the temple
  • (Ezek. 9 – 11) on the eve of the building’s destruction by the Babylonians.   (Longman 2018, 211).

The Lord warned the people of His time here on earth what would happen to Jerusalem.

Just Think About & Look At Zion: She is the City of God

  • 12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
  • 13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following. Cayce stated, “Bulwarks in the verse above, means entrenchment. This was built to protect. Notice the protection around the church that you might tell it to future generations” (Cayce 2018, Psalm 48:13).
  • 14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Verses 12-14

Verse 12:  The psalmist invited the people to look at Zian and make a judgment call for themselves. It is incredible how confident the writer of this psalm is about the promises of God for this city.  Verse 13 tells the reader/listener of the psalm to examine the parts of the city and extol its beauty and impregnability. Both of these attributes are a testament to the presence of God in the midst of the people and the city.

“He will be our guide even unto death.” The psalm ends with a resounding statement of confidence in God, and His ability to maintain his protection over His people throughout their generations, even beyond the end of the earth.

References

Cayce, Ken. 2018. “Books of the Bible.”  http://www.bible-studys.org/About%20Me.html. Accessed November 1, 2018.

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed November 1 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

Humility: Proverbs 22:4 Only God is…

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#powerful #omnipotent #omniscient

Only God is all seeing, all knowing, and ever-present.

Verse 4. – By humility and the fear of the Lord, etc. This does not seem to be the best rendering of the original. The word rendered “by” (עֵקֶב ekeb), “in reward of,” is also taken as the subject of the sentence: “The reward of humility [‘and,’ or, ‘which is’] the fear of God, is riches,” etc. There is no copulative in the clause, and a similar asyndeton occurs in ver. 5; so there is no reason why we should not regard the clause in this way. Thus Revised Version, Nowack, and others. But Delitzsch makes the first hemistich a concluded sentence, which the second member carries on thus: “The reward of humility is the fear of the Lord; it [the reward of humility] is at the same time riches,” etc. Vulgate, Finis modestiae timor Domini, divitiae et gloria et vita; Septuagint, “The generation (γενεὰ) of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and wealth,” etc. It is preferable to translate as above, taking the two expressed virtues as appositional, thus: “The reward of humility, the fear of the Lord.” Humility brings with it true religion, which is expressed by “the fear of the Lord.” The feeling of dependence, the lowly opinion of self, the surrender of the will, the conviction of sin, all effects which are connected with humility, may well be represented by this term, “the fear of God,” which, in another aspect, is itself the source of every virtue and every blessing; it is riches, and honour, and life. These are God’s gifts, the guerdon of faithful service (see notes on Proverbs 3:16 and Proverbs 21:21; and comp. Proverbs 8:18). The Easterns have a pretty maxim, “The bending of the humble is the graceful droop of the branches laden with fruit.” And again, “Fruitful trees bend down; the wise stoop; a dry stick and a fool can be broken, not bent” (Lane).

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