1Great 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.
God is Known!
As the Psalmist praises the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem, the city of God, we are reminded of the New Jerusalem to come. That Jerusalem will also be beautiful for situation, known to all the world, and, indeed, the joy of the whole earth!
What of our day? We do not see the city of Jerusalem in such a light. As a matter of fact, the city of Jerusalem is often the home of some of the greatest violence in all of the earth.
It is not uncommon in reading the Old Testament to read references referring to a specific time in the history of God's people, with a secondary, reference to a future time. It is important, as Christians, that we see the connection between the two.
God has not changed! Just as He ruled in the hearts and lives of His people during the reigns of the Kings of Israel and Judah, so His rule has never ended! Though we do not see the city of Jerusalem in the same light today, God still rules supremely in the hearts and lives of His children today. Not only does He rule, but His Word, which prophecies of the return of Christ will, indeed, be fulfilled perfectly.
As is often the case, during a time of waiting, it is easy to get so immersed in our everyday life, that we forget the imminence of Christ's return. After all, He has not returned for over 2000 years, so why should we really believe He will return in our life times?
Let us remember, that is exactly the situation the Jewish leaders found themselves in when Christ was born; the "church" in that day, too, was so apathetic that many actually missed the coming of their Messiah. We, as Christians today, are in danger of letting a spirit of apathy rule our hearts and lives, so that the desire to live faithfully for Christ is often tossed upon the shelf of "something to do some day!"
This is that some day! God is known in the Courts of Heaven and in the hearts of His people as a refuge. Let us spend our lives proclaiming Him to a world that is lost and needy--a world that is without hope.
Christ is our Hope, our Refuge, and our Fortress, and His coming is truly imminent!
God Bless You,