Repeatedly in the Old Testament Mount Zion is referred to as a beloved city of God. “The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.” (Psalm 87:2) “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.” (Zecharaiah 2:10) Psalm 48:2, says, “Beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.” But why does God love Zion so much? Is it His favorite city to go on vacation? Does He have an affinity for the architectural stylings of the ancient Hebrew world? No! The Lord expresses His love for Zion because it is filled with His beloved people!
You were created to worship the Lord and to exist in His presence with all the benefits of intimate fellowship with the Almighty God.
Because of Jesus Christ, under the New Covenant, you are Mount Zion, the city of the great King. The Lord loves you. He delights in you. He dwells in you. He created you for intimate communication and spiritual fellowship with Him. In His Word, the Lord lavishes love on His people, Zion. Psalm 132:13 says, “For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place.” Repeatedly in Scripture you will find that Zion was intended to be a place of singing, celebration, everlasting joy, festivals, music and worship in the presence of the Lord. Psalm 9:11 says, “Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!” You were created to worship the Lord and to exist in His presence with all the benefits of intimate fellowship with the Almighty God.
Does that mean hard times will never come? No. It doesn’t mean that at all. What it does mean is that if you live your life as a worshipper of God, existing within the presence of God, where He dwells, you receive all the benefits of being a citizen of His dwelling place. Protection deliverance, vindication, rescue and fierce battles against the enemy with the Lord of Heaven’s Armies on your side. That is why we worship! We worship the protective, jealous, passionate, fierce God who “daily loads us with benefits” (Psalm 68:19) and He takes care of the rest.
Thought for the day
Peter quoted Isaiah 28:6 in 1 Peter 2:6 saying, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” That precious cornerstone, laid at the foundation of you is Jesus Christ! The prophet Joel said, “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.” You have escaped the punishment of death for sin, and you are among “those whom the Lord calls” – destined for a purpose. So, now what? The Lord created Zion to be a place of singing so delight yourself in the Lord today and let Him delight in you. Sing a new new song and invite the Lord to dwell within your praise!