4I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
5And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
6The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
Born in Zion
To what was the Psalmist referring when he said "This man was born in Zion."? In Psalm 87, Zion is the heavenly city; only true believers are allowed to be residents of Zion. In other words, this Psalm is telling of a time when God's people will not only be those of Jewish descent, but will include people from all over the world, even Babylon, Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia.
We saw this prophecy fulfilled after Christ came, suffered, died, was buried, and then resurrected. Peter received a vision which he understood to mean the people of God would come from all nations. Gentiles were no longer to be considered unclean. Then Paul was specifically called to be the Apostle to the Gentiles. In our day we see the further fulfillment of Psalm 87 as we note that God's church has spread to almost all nations of the world.
The Psalmist is also speaking of the joy in being a Christian. People will consider themselves to be citizens, born in Zion, even more than their city of birth.
And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
When you consider the time in which this psalm was written, it would have been almost impossible for those contemporary to the writer's time to imagine such a thing. God's chosen people were those who were descended from the great Patriarch's; they could not fathom believers coming from any other nations.
We really are quite blessed to have such a wide perspective of God's work among His people. We not only have access to all of Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments, but we have been able to see the gradual fulfillment of God's Word as history has unfolded throughout the centuries. Yet, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and what He has prophesied will come to pass.
What a mighty God we serve. Nations have risen and fallen, but none have lived, moved, or had their being apart from the mighty hand of God. He has established this world, overcome the stench of sin, and will gloriously bring His children to Him at the end of time. Man has had his time, and though he has stood decidedly against God, his time will come to an end. God will reign victoriously, and all men will bow the knee to Him and declare His majesty.
This is our God, and we, as His children, are proud to be born in Zion!
God Bless You,