Glorious Things of You Are Spoken

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Psalm 87:1–7 (ESV)

1 On the holy mount stands the city he founded; 2 the Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. 3 Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God. Selah 4 Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon; behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush— “This one was born there,” they say. 5 And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; for the Most High himself will establish her. 6 The Lord records as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah 7 Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.”

Understanding and Applying the Word

This psalm pictures a day when not only Israel, but all the nations, look to Zion (i.e. Jerusalem) as their spiritual home. Jew and Gentile alike look to the city and speak glorious things about it. Even nations that were the enemies of the Jewish people are listed: Rahab (i.e Egypt), Babylon, Philistia, Tyre, and Cush (i.e. Ethiopia). When the people are registered, it will be recorded “This one was born there,” to show that they are all the people of God.

Scripture tells us of a day when all the nations of the earth will gather in the New Jerusalem and worship God. Those who have trusted in Jesus Christ will be counted among the people of God. Those who belong to God will be bound together by their shared faith. Even now, we get a glimpse of this future when we look at the Church, which is made up of every nation, tribe, and tongue. What a beautiful city God is building!

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Revelation 21:9–21 (ESV)

9 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16 The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. 17 He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. 18 The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Understanding and Applying the Word

John is now transported to a high mountain where he gets a spectacular view of the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven to the new earth. The city is described as being beautiful and glorious, reflecting the glory of God. It is large and well-protected.

The vision of the new Jerusalem is a picture of God’s people living together in community in the presence of God. They are protected from the presence of sin and evil and the community lives in the presence of the glory of God. Such an amazing vision!

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