Psalm 46 – Zion’s security
Psalm 47 – Zion’s Great King triumphant over all nations
Psalm 48 – Zion’s security (again)
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These psalms express confidence that God will protect his people.
These words are the basis for the worship song (c 1987), “God is My Refuge,” a song I sang to my dad in the hospital shortly before he left the earth. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEKi-etjg18]. Great words of encouragement during times of difficulty: “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (46:7 & 11). Knowing that God is with us is comforting. Reading that the God of Jacob is our fortress compels us to understand just what that means, requires that we study his word, mandates that we take this journey both seriously and with great with joy.
Some friends of mine recently visited Jerusalem, spent some eight days touring through Biblical history by walking where Jesus himself no doubt walked. They were able to physically invest time to “Walk about Zion, go around her” (48:12), though they had to use their imagination to consider her ramparts and citadels. The City of David, where our forefathers worshiped God with all their might before being swept away into captivity. Yet God remembers his promise, though we are unworthy. The memory of Zion is that of the historical place as well as the future place (Hebrews 12:22) for us to dwell. One day, one day.
Lord we thank you for your words of great encouragement when we are in need. Be our fortress today. Amen.