“Born in Zion”
Scripture reading for June 21st: Psalms 84-89
Mt. Zion was the name given to the holy hill chosen for the temple of God in Jerusalem. God Himself chose that location to place His Temple and to enthrone His earthly dwelling place. Mt. Zion in the natural setting is not much as far as a mountain goes. It is only about 2600 feet in elevation and is surrounded by a small valley. It was the dwelling place of the ancient Jebusites, whom King David defeated to make Jerusalem, the city of David. Solomon actually built the temple of God there after the passing of David, his father.
What made Mt. Zion special was the God who chose to dwell there. The Lord loved the gates of Zion! (Psalm 87:1-2) He established Zion as His dwelling place. He chose to set up His throne there. He is the high and exalted One who is over all the universe! He has plans for Zion that include His millennial reign for a thousand years and an eternal throne. He also has a register of the citizens of Zion and it is a requirement of citizenship to be recorded as “born in Zion”. (Psalm 87:4-6) The Lord Himself is said to write down this record of being born in Zion.
When Jesus Christ came preaching repentance and the the kingdom of heaven, He was confronted by a Pharisee named Nicodemus. Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be “born again” to enter the kingdom of heaven. (John 3:1-8) When we are “born again”, our names are written the “Lamb’s Book of Life”. (Revelation 21:26-27) These verses tell of the entry of those with this record into the holy city. Being born again into eternal life is recorded by God himself. Without this record, we may not enter this eternal holy kingdom!
Those who are “born again” by faith in Jesus Christ, have a joy and peace imparted to them. They love to worship their “Life-giver” and King. “The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in You.” (Psalm 87:6-7) From Zion’s Throne flows the “river of Life” that will refresh God’s people forever and ever! (Revelation 22:1-4)