Psalm 48 Reflections: Enjoying the City

by James Fawcett July 18, 2014 A

This is the last in the mini series of reflections on Psalm 48 the others can be found below, within this blog i’m going to be reflecting on enjoying the city.

1 Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

2 Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King. 3 God is in her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress.

4 When the kings joined forces, when they advanced together, 5 they saw her and were astounded; they fled in terror. 6 Trembling seized them there, pain like that of a woman in labour. 7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish shattered by an east wind.

8 As we have heard,so we have seen in the city of the Lord Almighty, in the city of our God: God makes her secure for ever.

9 Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. 10 Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with righteousness. 11 Mount Zion rejoices, the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion, go round her, count her towers, 13 consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation.

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

The last part of the Psalm moves to thanksgiving for the city. I wonder how often we are thankful for our city? The Psalmist then says we should explore our cities and see what’s there. I love getting lost in the city finding new places and rediscovering old places. This is a great opportunity to explore and seek God in the city. Then the part that specifically applies to us Youth Workers – share this with the next generation!!! We have discussed elsewhere that said our reading of the Bible has at times been historically conditioned by the rural, it is up to us to help the young people we work with to read it with urban lenses!

I would encourage you to go and explore you area and see what God says! Maybe take some young people?!