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Psalm 48: The City of God

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As a personal God with His own personality, Yahweh has the ability to love a city above all others. For reasons that are not entirely understood to us humans, the God of the entire universe loves a particular mountain on the earth called Mount Zion. He loves its geographic situation and has proclaimed that when the Messiah returns, this will be where the Messiah's palace will be situated. This will not be the eternal city of God after the world has been renamed but it is a symbol of the city of God, within the believer and a symbol of the spiritual city.

Augustine wrote of the two cities which are ever at war: the city of man versus the city of God. The City of God is always embattled on earth-- whether it is the internal spiritual landscape of the believer's heart or the outward symbol of God's city, which is Jerusalem. Kings -- earthly, demonic, and psychological-- come against God's holy city. But like the holy of holies, the human heart -- the city of God can never be breached because God is in the midst of it.

1{A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah.} Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

2Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

3God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

4For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.

5They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.

6Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

7Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

8As 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 for ever. Selah.

9We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

10According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

11Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.

12Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

13Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.

14For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

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