PSALM 48 - Mountain Top 19 Dec 2019
When a mountain is high, no human likes to live on the top. It is cold and windy. The ground is stone. Not many things grow at the top of the mountain.
One can however see very far.
View over the Nations
Perhaps in the psalms the Holy Mountain is first of all spiritual. It signifies that God is in control over everything. In verse 9 and afterwards it becomes clear that the God of the Holy Mountain is a loving God. It is supposed to be a place of safety and peace for all.
When I however resist the love of God, I choose to fight a mighty king. I can not harm Him. But I will miss his loving care.
1 [Song Psalm Of the sons of Korah]
Great is Yahweh
and most worthy of praise in the city of our God,
the holy mountain, 2 towering in beauty,
the joy of the whole world:
Mount Zion in the heart of the north,
the settlement of the great king;
3 God himself among its palaces
has proved himself its bulwark.
4 For look, kings made alliance,
together they advanced;
5 without a second glance, when they saw,
they panicked and fled away.
6 Trembling seized them on the spot,
pains like those of a woman in labour;
7 it was the east wind,
that wrecker of ships from Tarshish.
8 What we had heard
we saw for ourselves in the city of our God,
in the city of Yahweh Sabaoth,
which God has established for ever. Pause
9 We reflect on your faithful love,
God, in your temple!
10 Both your name and your praise, God,
are over the whole wide world.
Your right hand is full of saving justice,
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
the daughters of Judah delight
because of your saving justice.
12 Go round Zion, walk right through her,
count her bastions, 13 admire her walls,
examine her palaces,
to tell future generations 14 that such is God;
our God for ever and ever, he is our guide!
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
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