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Citizens of Zion

The people of Israel always have been proud of Jerusalem. Psalm 48 describes the city this way: "Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion" (v. 2). Not everyone would agree with that description today, especially in light of the serious political and racial problems connected with Jerusalem. But I think the psalmist is referring here to the heavenly Mount Zion as well. Hebrews 12 tells us that Christians are citizens of the heavenly Zion.

God dwelt in Jerusalem. The psalmist describes how armies came to capture Zion. But when they saw this great city, they went away in fear. "For behold, the kings assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, they hastened away. Fear and pain took hold of them (vv. 4-6). What did the armies discover when they looked at Jerusalem? First, they discovered the greatness of God. "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God" (v. 1).

Second, they realized God is a Refuge to His people. "God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge" (v. 3). God is not only a King; He's One to whom we can come with all of our problems and needs. As God established Mount Zion, so He will establish us. As God built this city, He is building our lives. You may wonder why you experience sorrow, disappointment, heartache, perhaps even tragedy. God is building you and protecting you. So you don't have to be afraid.

God established the city of Jerusalem, and His greatness in and around the city was evident. Likewise, you are a citizen of the heavenly Zion, and He dwells within. As your Refuge, God protects and looks after your needs. Let Him care for you and establish you.

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