Walk About Zion; Go Around Her
Today’s Text: Psalm 48:8-14
The 48th Psalm praises Jehovah who chose Jerusalem, the only city where He placed His name (2 Chr. 6:6):
PSALM 48:8-14 (ESV)
“We have thought on your steadfast love,
O God, in the midst of your temple.
As your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
Let Mount Zion be glad!
Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments!
Walk about Zion; go around her;
Number her towers;
Consider well her ramparts;
Go through her citadels;
that you may tell the next generation that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
He will guide us forever.”
God invites Israel to recall their history and His ongoing faithfulness to them by physically walking in Zion, the eternal city of Jerusalem. For those who have been to Israel, the sense of history is undeniable.
The psalmist urges the reader to rehearse the history of Jerusalem because that activity encourages faith in Jehovah and is inherent to genuinely praising Him. These actions ensure that future generations will also understand that God’s care and faithfulness endures forever. Let Mount Zion be glad!
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. With 40 plus years of ministry experience, Rev. McCracken is known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth that makes his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
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1) Aerial view of Jerusalem at sunset; part of Mount Zion in left foreground. By Godot13 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Jerusalem Wall Walkway. רונן מרקוס [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
3) “Watch Your Head” signage on the Ramparts Walk, Jerusalem, Israel. By brionv [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
4) Walking the Ramparts. By Chadica from Jerusalem, Israel [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios