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The City of Our God (Psalm 48:1-14)

Phillip Stuckey, October 13, 2019
Part of the Exposition of the Psalms series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

Psalm 48 is another one of the so-called “Songs of Zion” (Ps. 46; 76; 84; 87; 122). Its focus is on praising God and His city where His presence dwelt among His people. Its heading is interesting as it is identified in three ways: It is both a song and a psalm. It is also one attributed or used by the Sons of Korah. Let us reflect on God’s glory as we read this and the joy, security, comfort, and salvation He provides for those who dwell in Zion, the city of our God.

Tags: Authority, Church, Eternal Life, Faith, Jesus, Old Testament, Psalms, Salvation, Worship

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Psalm 48 (Listen)

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

48:1   Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
    in the city of our God!
  His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation,
    is the joy of all the earth,
  Mount Zion, in the far north,
    the city of the great King.
  Within her citadels God
    has made himself known as a fortress.
  For behold, the kings assembled;
    they came on together.
  As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
    they were in panic; they took to flight.
  Trembling took hold of them there,
    anguish as of a woman in labor.
  By the east wind you shattered
    the ships of Tarshish.
  As we have heard, so have we seen
    in the city of the LORD of hosts,
  in the city of our God,
    which God will establish forever. Selah
  We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,
    in the midst of your temple.
10   As your name, O God,
    so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
  Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11     Let Mount Zion be glad!
  Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
    because of your judgments!
12   Walk about Zion, go around her,
    number her towers,
13   consider well her ramparts,
    go through her citadels,
  that you may tell the next generation
14     that this is God,
  our God forever and ever.
    He will guide us forever.

(ESV)

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