Psalm 48 Commentary

Psalm 48 Commentary

Save for what Zion stands for, this psalm would be a difficult fit for our hearing. Many saints today have little appreciation of what it meant to have a mountain as their dwelling place.

In the days when the mighty ruled and when physical security meant everything, the mountain provided security. From the mountain top, you could easily see the enemy approach and prepare for an assault in time. You descended on the enemy with ease, assisted by gravity. But the enemy had an uphill battle even before the real battle began.

God makes her secure forever.

From the thoughts of security and advantage, the psalm quickly draws our attention to God’s presence within the city. God becomes the physical security of the nation. The mention of Zaphon is not a likening of the LORD God to a pagan worship system, but rather a declaration of what Israel worshiped.

The works of the LORD are known worldwide. It is never a local situation only. So the praises are also worldwide.

The saint can walk about Zion, go round her, count her towers, consider her ramparts, view her citadels, and then tell everyone about it. Let our children know about the great works of the LORD!

However, it is what Zion stood for that is most important for the saint. The LORD God had promised Israel Rest. Mount Zion is rest encapsulated. The saint knows too much to buy into this Zion song. We know there remains the need for rest.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11 verse 28.

It is the purpose of scripture to let us know about the life that we can leave behind. But importantly, there is a life and rest that can be had. The invitation still remains.

From this position of rest, walk about the new life. Check and compare. The saint will be glad that they are saved.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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