Your Servants Take Pleasure in Her Stones and Show Favor to Her Dust
Today’s Text: Psalm 102:12-22
In an intriguing prophecy, the Psalmist tells us there’s much to discover about Jerusalem including a reference to what lies buried in the past.
Psalm 102:12 – 22
But You, O LORD, shall endure forever,
And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion;
For the time to favor her,
Yes, the set time, has come.
For Your servants take pleasure in her stones,
And show favor to her dust.
So the nations shall fear the name of the LORD,
And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
For the LORD shall build up Zion;
He shall appear in His glory.
He shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
And shall not despise their prayer.
This will be written for the generation to come,
That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
From heaven the LORD viewed the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
To release those appointed to death,
To declare the name of the LORD in Zion,
And His praise in Jerusalem,
When the peoples are gathered together,
And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
Jerusalem is the only city on earth God has chosen to place His name and is the “eternal city.” The psalmist looks forward to the set time when Messiah will “build up Zion” and establish the Messianic Kingdom making Jerusalem the geopolitical capital and spiritual center of the entire world.
Today, the modern city of Jerusalem is only a preview of the ultimate glory prophesied in Scripture. Psalm 102 concludes with a reminder that God’s “servants”—the Jewish people—will endure securely established in their ancient homeland (v.28).
As archeologists sift through millennia old stones and dust, the Bible comes to life! Those who love Jerusalem are not simply enamored with the geographic location, but actually “take pleasure” in the stones and the dust of this city through ongoing archeological research. And, for good reason. The very stones and dust authenticate Jerusalem’s history.
Are we the, “generation to come,” referenced in verse eighteen? Take a moment to praise the LORD!
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. Known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth, Rev. McCracken’s presentations have relevance for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Emphasis added.)
1) The Bible is the FOUNDATION for life. By Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Dr. Eilat Mazar standing near the most impressive wall of the small tower of the Solomonic Wall at Ophel, Jerusalem. Photo: Nogo Cohen-Aloro, Courtesy of Eilat Mazar.
3) Archeological excavation at the palace of King David in the City of David, Jerusalem. © Charles E. McCracken Photo Archives.