Tag: God Most High

“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)


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Famous Last Words!

Scripture reading for April 2nd: 2nd Samuel 21-24

These are the last words of David: ” The oracle of David son of Jesse, the oracle of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, Israel’s singer of songs:  “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; His word was on my tongue.  The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me:  ‘When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.’ (2nd Samuel 23:1-4)

David, the shepherd boy, anointed King by the Lord, speaks prophetically under the Spirit of the Lord.  His last words are inspired by the “Most High”, “God of Jacob”, “God of Israel” and “Rock of Israel”.  The Bible states that no prophet speaks on his own but is moved on by the Holy Spirit.  ( 2nd Peter 1:20-21)  He writes not so much for himself, but for those who will follow him in the walk of faith.  David writes out of nearly 70 years of walking with the Lord and living a life of faith.

David left a mighty legacy for us.  His Psalms are prophetic of the coming Messiah, his life, suffering and death!  As a young boy, he knew God as his own shepherd.  Jesus Christ is the good shepherd who so cares for His sheep that he lays his own life down for them.  David knew God as the “Rock of Israel”!  That Rock was a firm place to stand in the trials that continually came to this man.  That Rock was a source of water and refreshment in a dry and weary land as David was being pursued by his enemies.  His Psalms flow with an anointing of truth and grace that make them easy reading for people from every age and generation.  Even though David lived over 3000 years ago, his last words still speak faith to us and encourage us to press on to meet our great “High God”!  May we ponder these “last words” for more understanding and grace!

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